Portraits of Wildflowers

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Another Texas wildflower mixture

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We’re not done yet with mixtures of spring wildflowers. The yellow flower making its first appearance in these pages is the Nueces coreopsis, Coreopsis nuecensis, which doesn’t grow in Austin but is found not far to the south and southeast. By now you probably recognize the Indian paintbrushes, firewheels (also called Indian blankets), bluebonnets, and phlox mixed in among the coreopsis. This is yet another picture from our almost-300-mile grand tour of wildflowers south of Austin on March 31.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 21, 2012 at 5:45 AM

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  1. I would love to see these in person!


    April 21, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    • I take it you’ve added our Texas wildflower extravaganza to your 50 Year Project—but I hope it won’t take that long for you to get to see one of these displays.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 21, 2012 at 7:12 AM

  2. Un seul mot pour qualifier ça : Beauté.


    April 21, 2012 at 6:47 AM

  3. Beautiful. Definitely worth that long trip!


    April 21, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    • Yes, it definitely was. I’m glad all of you have gotten to go along vicariously and have had to travel only as far as your computer screens.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 21, 2012 at 7:16 AM

  4. WOW! So pretty and colorful 🙂


    April 21, 2012 at 7:56 AM

  5. I’ve heard folks around Houston comment on the “cosmo” or some such flower. I wonder if there’s some in that mixture above.


    April 21, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    • Cosmos is a genus native primarily to Mexico that people like to cultivate in many other places. According to the USDA map there’s one species, Cosmos parviflora, that grows natively in Texas, but only in the Big Bend, not in my central part of the state. Because the word cosmos ends in an s, some people have mistakenly thought it’s a plural and have created the new singular cosmo.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 21, 2012 at 8:18 AM

  6. I love this one!! I think it would look sooo pretty enlarged and on my wall, framed:)

    Just A Smidgen

    April 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

  7. So pretty… 🙂

    Carol Welsh

    April 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM

  8. I am so envious of your surroundings…your photos help with the imagination of what it truly must be like to see all this color nature provides for us to enjoy. Thank you Steve!


    April 21, 2012 at 10:11 AM

  9. What a profusion! One could get lost in there for days with all the composition possibilities.:-)

    Steve Gingold

    April 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM

  10. Love all the colors in this Steven! A 300 mile grand tour sounds awesome!

    Michael Glover

    April 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    • Thanks, Michael. I was exhausted by the end of the afternoon, when the temperature had risen to 92°, but the trip was worth it and we saw lots and lots of wildflowers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM

  11. […] case this morning’s wildflower mixture left you wanting a closer look at the Nueces coreopsis, Coreopsis nuecensis, here’s your shot […]

  12. You have my sympathy on that 92 degrees. It’s a little early for that – I’ve had to move into my late lunch/late dinner routine that usually begins in June.

    I don’t know why I’ve not thought of this before. These colors and random mixes of flowers are so reminiscent of antique quilts – those made before people went to “quilt stores” to buy coordinating fabrics. In fact, it may be that quilters were capturing the joy of their wildflower mixes to bring a little summer into their winters.


    April 22, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    • And the 92° was on March 31.

      Your quilt hypothesis is certainly plausible, and it should be checkable as well for someone willing to put in the time to read old diaries, letters, etc. Or maybe the research has already been done and long since reported in books and magazines about quilting.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 22, 2012 at 5:10 PM



    April 22, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    • Here in central Texas we don’t have the majestic scenery that you’ve shown in your blog, but these wildflower displays are our answer to them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 22, 2012 at 8:01 PM

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