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Engelmann Daisy Day

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When a few Engelmann daisies made a super-early appearance here in January, I commented that they looked somewhat bedraggled, as if having been awakened prematurely from sleep. Now it’s three months later, and Engelmannia peristenia has continued flowering into its usual season in my part of the world. Given the health and abundance of the species this year, I hereby declare April 10 to be Engelmann Daisy Day.

While Scrooge was visited in one night by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, today you shall thrice be visited with spirited pictures of Engelmann daisies. This first is from an embankment of Loop 360 in Austin on the cloudy morning of March 30. Note the plant’s deeply incised leaves, which are also covered with soft hairs. Playing supporting roles in this view are Indian paintbrushes and bluebonnets.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 10, 2012 at 5:30 AM

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  1. What a pretty panoramic! Wish I could be there photographing Texas wildflowers with ya!

    cindydyer

    April 10, 2012 at 6:02 AM

    • You’d have a great time photographing here this year, Cindy. We’ve been making up for last spring’s paltry displays.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 10, 2012 at 6:15 AM

  2. Wow…Nice color composition once again. Am not sure you noticed – You have also caught a bee that is just about to land on flower. The timing of the shot just seems perfect.

    gokulraman

    April 10, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    • Thanks for pointing that out to people, especially because it’s not obvious when the picture is this small. It’s much easier to see in the full-size image.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 10, 2012 at 7:31 AM

  3. Those leaves look delicious! Is the Engelmann daisy edible? 🙂

    Cathy

    April 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    • The leaves are indeed a treat for the eyes, but as far as I know not for the mouth.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 10, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    • Oh, I remember now that I’ve heard people say that Engelmann daisies are like candy for cows. Not being a cow, I haven’t verified that.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM

  4. Flora and fauna, well wait, do bees actually count as fauna? WONDERFUL colors! ~ Lynda

    pixilated2

    April 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    • Sure bees count. They can even count off distances to show other bees how far away a source of pollen is. (You’ll have to forgive the eternal math teacher for playing with the verb count.) I’m glad you like this mix of colors.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 10, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      • Yes they DO! I see them coming back after recon and then others taking flight to go get it right after them every day. However, I am thinking I will have to put in some very early bloomers around my little orchard because so far they haven’t really figured out it is there yet. 😉
        ~ L

        pixilated2

        April 10, 2012 at 3:41 PM

  5. Sometimes, a cloudy sky really can complement the flowers. This is lovely – and those leaves really are appealing! I laughed about the bee – I came home last weekend and discovered a butterfly in a photo. I’ve stopped assuming that what I intend and what I capture will necessarily be the same thing!

    shoreacres

    April 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    • You can say that again (and again and again…): “I’ve stopped assuming that what I intend and what I capture will necessarily be the same thing!” So many times, in looking at a photograph on my large montor, I’ve found something I had no idea was there when I took the picture. Occasionally it turns out to be the very thing that makes the picture good. (And I refrained from writing “it turns out to bee the very thing….”)

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 10, 2012 at 1:16 PM

  6. This is heavenly to see, and I am pleased indeed to participate in Engelmann Daisy Day. Today, too, I have visited one of my favorite bloggers, a writer of elegant prose, and she is writing about the Nash Prairie, which looks to be a bit of heaven, for sure. I think you may already be acquainted, but, in case not, I’ve given her a link to your blog, and a link to hers is here.

    Susan Scheid

    April 10, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    • Happy Engelmann Daisy Day indeed! Thanks for mentioning the blog called shoreacres, Susan. As you surmised, I’m already familiar with it and its author Linda. In fact she told me some days ago that she was working on a piece about the Nash Prairie, which she’d visited a few days earlier. You’re certainly correct that she’s a writer of elegant prose, and I recommend her to readers. I’ve frequently left comments on her blog, and vice versa, as is true for you and me as well.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 10, 2012 at 7:24 PM

  7. […] went a 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 […]


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