Portraits of Wildflowers

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Archive for June 21st, 2012


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Over the 13 years that I’ve been focusing on native plants I’ve often portrayed individuals, but I’ve also been fascinated by the combinations of species I find growing in the same place or even occasionally stuck together. Today’s picture, taken on May 3 in far south Austin, shows a threesome that appealed to me.

Playing a supporting role in the background were some firewheels, Gaillardia pulchella, a species you’ve seen several times and in several stages this spring. The frontmost wildflower is a Texas thistle, Cirsium texanum, another species you’ve seen several times this year. New to this blog is the plant that the thistle has gotten itself stuck on: prairie parsley, Polytaenia nuttallii. Please bid it welcome.

I hope this combination of colors calls out to you as much as it did to me.


Posted on this date last year: a view of the toll the drought was taking on our ashe juniper trees.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 21, 2012 at 5:38 AM

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