Portraits of Wildflowers

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Freshly golden

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If the gold on the rays of the Mexican hat that you saw two posts back was about to fade, the bright yellow of these nearby goldenrod flowers had just emerged, and the buds at the bottom of the photograph were soon to add more. The date was December 22, and the plant was so fresh that I thought it likely there would still be goldenrod flowers on the Mueller Greenway at the beginning of January. (Five days later I found several goldenrods blooming in other locations around Austin, so unless the current forecasts of warm weather for the rest of the week are drastically wrong and a sudden freeze hits us, we will indeed still have some goldenrod flowers to usher in the new year.)

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 30, 2011 at 5:10 AM

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  1. The goldenrod was everywhere this year! So beautiful. I tend to see the flower stalk as a whole, but your photograph brings out the delicate individual petals. ~ Lynda


    December 30, 2011 at 6:42 AM

  2. This was nice to see…our goldenrod has been tamed by the frost and cold temps.


    December 30, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    • Most of ours have been too, and there are plenty of gray and fuzzy ruins of them in the landscape, but the recent rains and the continuing mild temperatures have coaxed some new ones to spring up.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 30, 2011 at 8:56 AM

  3. Beautiful color contrast Steve. Isolating the bloom against the richly blue sky really allows the yellow flowers to shine. As well, for me this is a nice reminder of the goldenrod from this past Summer. It will be a while before I see them again so very glad that you are still seeing them there.

    Steve Gingold

    December 30, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    • Yellow and blue
      From me to you.

      Down here, with our hotter weather, goldenrod is primarily a fall rather than a summer wildflower, which is why ours can be found so much later in the year.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 30, 2011 at 5:21 PM

  4. Goodness, the intensity! Sometimes it’s like being snapped awake suddenly to see such bold saturation. Sweet.


    December 30, 2011 at 8:50 PM

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