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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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Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 29, 2012 at 1:35 PM

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  1. Lovely flower and background. It would be fun to see a photo of the photographer at work! 😉


    June 29, 2012 at 3:24 PM

  2. Hi,
    Those flowers are gorgeous, and such a lovely soft colour as well.


    June 29, 2012 at 4:30 PM

  3. I agree with Cathy! 🙂

    Sheila T Illustrated

    June 29, 2012 at 6:56 PM

  4. To me, it is an aurora. Lovely!

    Susan Scheid

    June 29, 2012 at 8:21 PM

  5. That is a very nice photo.


    June 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM

  6. Magnifique. C’est incroyable ce que la nature peut nous réserver et surtout, quelle diversité!


    June 30, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    • Merci, Val. L’ancolie bleue (the blue columbine) notes how unbelievable what nature has in store for us is, and what diversity there is.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 30, 2012 at 3:12 AM

  7. Wow nicely done Steve…this brought back memories…there was a mimosa tree in our side yard and we used to climb it when we were kids. I suppose these trees are not as popular as they once where. I haven’t seen one of these trees in many years.


    June 30, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    • This is most likely not the kind of mimosa you grew up with, but I’m glad it brought back memories from long ago.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 30, 2012 at 8:07 PM

  8. Well, look at that – a cousin to the sensitive briar/mimosa microphylla I found out at Nash Prairie! (I surely am getting a lot of mileage out of that trip – I need to go back and see what’s up.) Here’s a photo of sensitive briar. A couple of weeks ago it was abundant in the medians of our roads. I suppose as a low grower it escapes some mowing. I do think this one’s prettier, though.


    July 1, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    • The sensitive briar that we have in Austin is Mimosa roemeriana, which is similar to the species you mentioned from the Nash Prairie (happy mileage!), and which is also low and makes it under the radar of the mowers, so to speak. Unlike those two, the one in this photograph doesn’t have leaflets that fold up when touched.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 1, 2012 at 11:52 PM

  9. This one is not present in P.R. neither

    Maria F.

    June 17, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    • Correct. The Latin word borealis means ‘northern,’ though for most people in the United States Texas is a southern place.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 17, 2014 at 8:23 PM

  10. […] fancifully as fairy duster. If you see some resemblance to the flowers of the sensitive briar and fragrant mimosa and feather dalea that have appeared in these pages, that’s because all are in the Fabaceae, […]

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