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A bud beginning to unroll

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Bud unrolling; click for greater detail.

While driving past a construction site in the Hill Country west of Austin yesterday, I was pleased to find several native plants of a certain species that I see from time to time, but not all that often. The plants had some fully open flowers, but they also had some long, narrow buds that were just beginning to unroll. That was the case with the bud shown here, which I photographed looking straight down from the top. For once I won’t tell you what this is—though some of you may recognize it—but next time I’ll show you how different a fully open flower of this species looks from the roughly cylindrical bud you see before you, which was about an inch and a half across and about six inches long. For those of you who don’t know what this is, see if you can imagine what the emerging flower will be like; to my mind, it’s like trying to figure out what a butterfly will look like from its caterpillar.

Till tomorrow, then.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 25, 2011 at 5:20 AM

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  1. Nice 🙂

    Eden

    October 25, 2011 at 6:44 AM

    • It is pretty, and I’ve long been attracted to the buds’ swirling tips. Stay tuned to find out what this plant is.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 25, 2011 at 9:04 AM

  2. I love this type of flower. We have it up here in Santa Fe, also. I’ve had better luck photographing the bud/opening flower than the actual flower, so I’m really looking forward to what you produce.:) Great photo!

    KatiesCameraBlog

    October 25, 2011 at 11:20 AM

  3. A shot of extraordinary beauty!

    firasz

    October 25, 2011 at 4:16 PM

  4. I just can’t imagine… This looks like a cross between a poorly-formed cinnamon roll and the wax flowers that decorated Victorian homes before plastic and then silk blossoms came along.

    I can’t wait to see it unfurled!

    shoreacres

    October 25, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    • You do have vivid associations, Linda; I would never have thought of a poorly-formed cinnamon roll or the wax flowers that decorated Victorian homes—but then I know what this flower is, and that identity precludes others. (On the other hand, I’m no stranger to fanciful associations.)

      Tomorrow will tell.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 25, 2011 at 10:13 PM

  5. Looks like a daylily! Of course I have no idea if it’s too late in Austin for them. It is in Virginia.

    dogear6

    October 25, 2011 at 11:17 PM

  6. […] the last post I showed you a picture of a yellow bud, which I described as roughly cylindrical, about an inch and a half across by six inches long. Then […]

  7. I love this!! Nice work!!

    JuanitasPhotoBox

    October 27, 2011 at 1:13 PM

  8. A much prettier contrast to the fruit

    Galen Leeds Photography

    October 28, 2011 at 8:07 AM

  9. […] • an end-on view of a bud beginning to unroll; […]

  10. […] the last post I showed you a picture of a yellow bud, which I described as roughly cylindrical, about an inch and a half across by six inches long. Then […]


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