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Something else from Tejas Camp

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A jolly green caterpillar and some mating stilt bugs may have been the highlights of my wanderings at Tejas Camp in Williamson County on April 26 of this year, but there were plenty (planty?) of other things that caught my attention. In today’s picture, the green of gaura and other vegetation served only as a background to this flower of a cut-leaf evening primrose, Oenothera laciniata, which happens to be in the same botanical family as gaura. Cut-leaf evening primrose flowers are yellow in their prime, but when they begin to shrivel they often turn the reddish-orange color you see here.


Posted on this date last year: a Rembrandtesque view (to my mind) of a Texas thistle unraveling.


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.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 7, 2012 at 5:57 AM

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  1. Oooh, so fuzzy looking. I can almost feel all of the textures. Now that’s a sign of a great photograph!! 🙂


    July 7, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    • Thanks, Cindy. Before this picture, I hadn’t appreciated how fuzzy the lower portion of the flowers of cut-leaf evening primrose can be. Eve was looking at the photograph last night and was equally taken with how downy the flower is.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 7, 2012 at 6:30 AM

  2. I’m really surprised by the change of color between the blossom in its prime and what you show here. And when I first glanced at the photo, it seemed as though two flowers had been combined – like those silly straw flowers they used to put atop small cactus in the Home Depot “garden center”.

    Thanks for including the thistle, too. “Chaotic” is a good, descriptitve word for the process, although it did tickle me when I thought, “Maybe the thistle’s just de-cluttering!”


    July 7, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    • Yes, such a large change in color is unexpected, but now I get to say “Vive la différence!” Your comment about the flowers placed atop small cacti reminds me of accounts I’ve read that say that when the first preserved platypus reached European scientists, some of them thought it was made up of parts of different animals that had been put together as a hoax.

      As for the “decluttering” thistle, I haven’t yet tired of that phase in its life. Each spring I’m excited to see the thistles when they’re fresh and then when they come apart. I’m afraid I’m not as good at decluttering in my own life.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 7, 2012 at 8:26 AM

  3. Perfect background to complement the color of this beautiful flower!

    Michael Glover

    July 7, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    • Thanks, Michael. I, too, was pleased with the way the background colors complement those of the flower in the foreground.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

  4. Striking image here Steve! You have such unusual plants where you live. they are truly a joy to view!


    July 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    • And yet these are the plants that are normal in our area. Perhaps there are species of equal interest in your area that are waiting to welcome you.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 7, 2012 at 6:13 PM

  5. These are very pretty.. also very unusual, very alien looking!!

    Just A Smidgen

    July 7, 2012 at 2:57 PM

  6. It just goes to show that even something is meant to be past its prime, it can still be a thing of beauty – like a mature woman 🙂


    July 7, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    • You’ve reminded me of the beginning of a poem by Keats:

      “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
      Its lovliness increases; it will never
      Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
      A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
      Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 8, 2012 at 12:33 AM

  7. Beautifully done in its simplicity of color relationships – this is an image that goes beyond recording an object and into making it a work of art.


    July 8, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    • Thanks for your kind words. There are times when simplicity and minimalism do appeal to me, it’s true.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 8, 2012 at 6:57 PM

  8. Sadly, another Russel Ray camping trip comes to an end………………..

    Russel Ray Photos

    July 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM

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