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Engelmann Daisy Day, Part 3

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And here to conclude our celebration of Engelmann Daisy Day is the closest look you’ve had so far of Engelmannia peristenia.

You might think that the curling flowers are a sign of decline, but the rays of the Engelmann daisy are known to curl up like that in the heat of the day, and they do so in such a graceful way as to allay concerns about distress. I see that curling-rays behavior more in this species than in any of the many other yellow daisy-type flowers that grow in central Texas.

This photograph is yet another from our wildflower-watching trip south of Austin on March 31. The contrasting patches of color in the background are once again from bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

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  1. Gorgeous shot! 🙂


    April 10, 2012 at 6:04 PM

  2. Hello Sunshine:)


    April 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM

  3. Sweetly bold, Sally


    April 10, 2012 at 7:24 PM

  4. What a lovely trilogy of posts today – the photos, as usual, are stunning. Thanks for sharing your talent and love of wildflowers!


    April 10, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    • And triple thanks for appreciating this trilogy, Shelly. We’re having an exuberant spring here, as you can tell.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 10, 2012 at 7:37 PM

  5. Beautiful colors!!!


    April 10, 2012 at 9:22 PM

  6. Lavender/blues and yellows are turning out to be one of my favorite color combinations in quilting. Your photograph is inspiring me to get to work! on another new project! ~ Lynda


    April 10, 2012 at 9:59 PM

  7. Lovely!


    April 11, 2012 at 2:09 AM

  8. Nice! The enlaged view makes me think of a decoration for a package. The pistil serves as a showy center piece, and the petals, radiating from the center, resemble ribbons that are lightly curved by using the edge of scissors.


    April 11, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    • That’s a good comparison to a package decoration. It never occurred to me, but now that you say it I can easily see it, especially the rays being like scissor-curled ribbons. So this was an Engelmann Daisy Day present to all of you yesterday.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 11, 2012 at 6:33 AM

  9. This has been a great series!!! Super photo Steve!


    April 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    • I’m pleased that you like the series, David. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision to present the three pictures this way.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 11, 2012 at 4:52 PM

  10. One thing this series has done is surface one of my unconscious assumptions about flowers: sunflowers are yellow, daisies are white. Please tell me there aren’t any lavender or pink daisies – I don’t think my world-view could take it!


    April 13, 2012 at 6:33 AM

    • Alas for your world-view: Gerbera daisies come in orange, pink, lavender, and other colors.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 13, 2012 at 7:02 AM

      • Good grief. Of course they do. And I’ve grown the things. Never mind…. 😉


        April 13, 2012 at 7:09 AM

  11. […] 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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