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Archive for June 29th, 2012

Not the aurora

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No, not the Aurora borealis but Mimosa borealis, a shrub known as pink mimosa and fragrant mimosa, both of which are accurate descriptions of the plant’s flowers. I photographed this one in my northwest Austin neighborhood on March 26. To get a clear shot of the mimosa I had to lie on the ground and be careful to avoid a nearby cactus and some scattered nettles: all in a day’s work for a nature photographer in Texas.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

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The daily posts that you’ve become accustomed to will continue while I’m away from Austin. Feel free to comment if you’d like, but please be aware that it may be a while before I can respond.

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June 29, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Fringed puccoon

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Here’s another wildflower taking its first bow in this column, Lithospermum incisum, known as fringed puccoon. I made this photograph on a visit to Kathy Comer’s property in Williamson County on March 17. The only other local wildflower I can think of that’s as crinkled, though in quite a different way, is the white prickly poppy.

Fringed puccoon grows over large parts of North America, as you can confirm on the state-clickable map at the USDA website.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

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The daily posts that you’ve become accustomed to will continue while I’m away from Austin. Feel free to comment if you like, but please be aware that I may not be able to answer for a while.

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 29, 2012 at 6:08 AM

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