So much going on here
Yes, yes, there’s so much going on in this August 17th view of the Blackland Prairie in southern Round Rock. Most prominent, of course, is the eryngo, Eryngium leavenworthii, about three feet tall, flowering away in its rich purple in front of all the tan and brown that fills most of the rest of the picture, and contributing some tan of its own in the dying, drying leaves on the lower portion of its stalk. In the background is a dried-out colony of basket-flowers, Centaurea americana. The equally dry seed stalks two-thirds of the way down the left edge of the photograph and in the lower right corner are horsemints, Monarda citriodora. The branching brown plant near the right edge of the picture, likewise spent and dried out, is prairie parsley, Polytaenia nuttallii. You can follow those three links if you’d like to be reminded of the way the flowers of those species looked when they were fresh, yet the plants persist in these desiccated forms much longer than the time they spent in their green and flowering earlier lives.
© 2012 Steven Schwartzman