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What if a much of a which of a wind…*

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Baccharis neglecta; click for greater detail.

I mentioned last time that Baccharis neglecta is willowy, and in fact one of the names by which people knew it before they contemptuously started calling it poverty weed and Depression weed and New Deal weed was false willow. Because its branches are so pliable, Baccharis neglecta can often be seen blowing in the wind, and that’s how I saw this one on the Blackland Prairie in northeast Austin on the breezy afternoon of October 25. It’s winds like these that disperse the seed-bearing fluff that makes the plants so attractive at this stage. I used a high shutter speed of 1/640 sec. to record a predominantly horizontal view of a young tree that sprang back to being mostly vertical whenever there was a lull in the prairie wind.


* For the source of the title, click here.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 5, 2011 at 5:08 AM

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  1. Beautiful photo of wind… in motion:)

    Just A Smidgen

    November 5, 2011 at 8:16 AM

  2. I loved this picture and thanks for leading me to the poem. Joseph (age 6) and I are going through your beautiful pictures.


    December 24, 2011 at 10:36 AM

  3. Happy browsing (and reading) to the two of you. I wish I’d learned more about native plants when I was 6.

    Steve Schwartzman

    December 24, 2011 at 11:06 AM

  4. Hi Steve

    A wonderful dramatic picture and I loved the link to the poem by cummings.



    February 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    • It’s always gratifying when someone discovers (and likes!) an older post. From time to time I mix in literary allusions, most often when a photograph reminds me of a famous line.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 20, 2012 at 8:51 AM

  5. […] I came across the formation that you see in today’s photograph. It was a young poverty weed, Baccharis neglecta, a species that has figured several times in these pages. What was unusual, though, was the […]

  6. […] is delicate and can often be seen bending in the breeze, as here, or even more severely, as in a post a year ago. In the background of today’s picture you’ll notice more patches of the dense […]

  7. […] the base of the poverty weed from which a yellowjacket chased away a red admiral on December 13th, there was a drying colony of […]

  8. […] Sorry, student trying to get help on an assignment about that poem for an English class, but you found only a poverty of answers to your question in my post about poverty weed blowing in the wind. […]

  9. […] As with yesterday’s picture, the location was the land at the northwestern corner of McCallen Pass and E. Parmer Ln., but this time the date was October 22. Two years ago, from this same property, I showed a slender poverty weed strongly blown sideways by the wind. […]

  10. […] were at one end of their arc. A closer and more extreme view using this technique is one showing poverty weed bending in the prairie wind. Another possibility is to do the opposite and use a slow shutter speed to create a blur while some […]

  11. […] In contrast, I’ve more often used a high shutter speed to stop the motion of something blowing about. […]

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