Now add some live oaks to the floral mix
Here’s the fourth of four pictures that I’ve interpolated to show you that dense displays of wildflowers are still a common sight well into May in central Texas. The flowers shown here are black-eyed (or brown-eyed) susans, Rudbeckia hirta; firewheels or Indian blankets, Gaillardia pulchella; horsemints, Monarda citriodora; Texas thistles, Cirsium texanum. There’s a prickly pear cactus at the lower right, and the trees in the background are live oaks, Quercus fusiformis.
It’s hard to appreciate everything that’s going on in this blog-sized picture, but if you click the panel below you’ll get a larger view of the wildflowers by themselves.
Date: May 22. Location: Cedar Park, a northern suburb of Austin. In particular, you’re seeing a portion of Lakeline Mall—yes, a shopping mall! This group of flowers and others like them border the far side of a road that separates the undeveloped from the developed portions of the mall property. I’ll bet most of you won’t see a sight like this at a shopping center in your area.
© 2012 Steven Schwartzman