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Over easy

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Scrambled Eggs Flowers 9966

The over easy was me, lying on my side to take this picture of scrambled eggs, as Corydalis curvisiliqua is quaintly called. A good name, no? I had this visual breakfast at the Austin Nature Center on February 22. (And speaking of the visual, my wife imagines the flower just to the left of the picture’s center as a bird facing to the right.)

To see the many places in the west-central United States where this species grows, you can consult the state-clickable map at the USDA website.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 27, 2012 at 5:46 AM

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  1. Eggs, birds, bananas! My first impression was of peeling bananas. Funny what our different mindsets can conjure up in a pattern or in this case the shape of a flower. They are very beautiful. ~ Lynda


    February 27, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    • Now that you say bananas I can see them, but I didn’t before. This is a species I don’t often encounter, so I was pleased not only to find it but also to find it so early in the season.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 27, 2012 at 7:24 AM

  2. This is a beautiful shot! Very impressive macro, wonderful DOF! God work Steven! 🙂


    February 27, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    • Thank you. Perhaps as a fan of avian creatures you saw a yellow bird too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 27, 2012 at 9:15 AM

      • She’s got a good eye! It would have to be an imaginary Canary! 🙂


        February 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

  3. Hi Steven

    This photo is just beautifully captured.



    February 27, 2012 at 9:02 AM

  4. Interesting that Corydalis solida, another member of the family, is known familiarly as “bird in the bush”. Apparently your wife caught the family resemblance!

    I do see the bird, but I must confess – it looks rather like a yellow marshmallow Peep.

    Interesting that this plant is endangered in Iowa, the northernmost limit of its range.


    February 27, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    • I’ll tell her about that name; thanks. Following your mention of Corydalis solida, I looked online and some of the pictures of other flowering Corydalis species do look like a flock of little birds in a tree. As for the northernmost range of C. curvisiliqua, did you ever see these flowers when you lived in Iowa?

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 27, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      • No, I can’t say that I did. At least, I wasn’t aware of them. Of course, in those days I was much more attuned to garden flowers, although I was fond of cattails, milkweed and bittersweet.


        February 27, 2012 at 8:26 PM

  5. Very elegant.
    Love the blur in the background.

    Pablo Buitrago

    February 27, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    • I’m certainly fond of out-of-focus backgrounds, as some of the recent pictures here can attest. Thanks for seeing elegance here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM

  6. Scrambled eggs… hahaha!!! I can see it. I also can see Lynda’s peeling banana. 🙂 This is my first time seeing a flower shaped like that. Fascinating!

    Anyway, another great shot. 🙂


    February 27, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    • And scrambled eggs isn’t just my name for these flowers: that’s really what people call them. This species belongs to a botanical family that has just a few representatives in central Texas.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM

  7. I think she gave a good description! Now she needs to post some pictures of you in the dirt taking your beauties!



    February 27, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    • Me in the dirt: not very photogenic, I’m afraid. I’ll let the flowers do the showing off.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 27, 2012 at 9:25 PM

  8. Nice picture, colors are wonderful as usual. I will be waiting for a pic of you crawling in the mud 😀

    Spiral Dreamer (Francis)

    February 27, 2012 at 7:18 PM

  9. I picture you taking this picture, so as to get just the right angle! I like the thought of the flower as a bird peeping about. In fact, there’s quite a lot of peeping about going on here, once you start to see it that way! Your flowers dance.

    Susan Scheid

    February 27, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    • I said “over easy” but it wasn’t so easy to get a good position. I’m happy to have gotten one picture that came out as well as this one. Happy, too, that you see the bird(s) peeping about. And your last comment has set me to thinking that maybe I can get my flower pictures on Dancing with the Stars.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 27, 2012 at 9:33 PM

  10. Lovely photo! Your photos are making me very anxious for our wildflowers to begin blooming!


    February 27, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    • Ours have mostly been on a small scale so far, but obviously a lot more than you’re seeing in Montana. Here we’re hoping for a spring display that will contrast with last year’s drought.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 28, 2012 at 5:44 AM

  11. What a beautiful plant! I love corydalis, but have never seen this one before.


    February 28, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    • And for me it’s the reverse. Until a comment above by Shoreacres set me to doing an Internet search, I’d never seen pictures of any of the other species of Corydalis. Much of what I know about plants is tied to central Texas.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 28, 2012 at 6:15 AM

  12. Spring is getting closer…thanks for sharing all the colorful flowers you find!


    February 28, 2012 at 10:14 AM

  13. What an interesting flower. Thanks for sharing!

    Brandon Brasseaux

    March 7, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    • My pleasure, both in sharing it and finding it in the first place, because I don’t run across this species very often.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 7, 2012 at 8:59 PM

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