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Engelmann Daisy Day, Part 2

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Here’s the second image to celebrate Engelmann Daisy Day. This photograph of Engelmannia peristenia goes back to the first stop of the wildflower-watching trip south of Austin that Eve and I took on March 31. As this blog is Portraits of Wildflowers and not Gone with the Wind, you’re safe in assuming that the red glow in the background is not from the burning of Atlanta but from a dense colony of Indian paintbrushes.

If you’d like to see the many places west of the Mississippi where Engelmann daisies grow, you can check out the state-clickable map at the USDA website; this species also grows in Mexico.

If you’d like to see what Georg(e) Engelmann looked like, here’s your chance. If you’d like to learn a little about him, here’s a chance for that too. If you’d like to know what Engelmann means, it’s Angel Man.

If you’re interested in the craft of photography, you’ll find points 2 and 5 in About My Techniques relevant to this picture.

If you’d like to read Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If,” you can do so.

If you’re ready for this post to end now, I’ll go ahead and end it, if no one objects.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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  1. Thanks for the link to George Engelmann. Some really interesting facts!


    April 10, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    • You’re welcome. Engelmann was a great botanical pioneer in 19th-century America. People outside central Texas may not be aware that many early white settlers to this region came from Germany. (Some newspapers here continued to be published in German until World War I.) Another early German immigrant frequently associated with botany in Texas was Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer, for whom various native species were also named:


      Steve Schwartzman

      April 10, 2012 at 1:28 PM

  2. A very beautiful flower, and picture, Steven!


    April 10, 2012 at 1:21 PM

  3. A smile to end my work day!

    Bonnie Michelle

    April 10, 2012 at 2:22 PM

  4. Great shot Steven

    H2O by Joanna

    April 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM

  5. Without devotees like Englemann and yourself, Steven, a great many of these glorious blooms would be dismissed as ‘weeds’


    April 11, 2012 at 8:45 AM

  6. Stunning!!!


    April 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM

  7. Gorgeous image. I love the rich orange-red-pink bokeh.

    Mufidah Kassalias

    April 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    • I’m fond of pictures in which the background sets off the subject in the foreground, in this case the daisies.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 11, 2012 at 4:51 PM

  8. […] bit crazy and declared April 10 to be Engelmann Daisy Day, even to the point of posting not one or two but three times that day. Although 2013 has already been an excellent year for Engelmann daisies, I […]

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