Prairie wind blowing snow-on-the-prairie
On August 15, about an hour and twenty minutes before I took the picture that you saw yesterday, I took this one, which gives you a closer look at the plant picturesquely called snow-on-the-prairie. Botanists know it as Euphorbia bicolor, with the two colors being the (snowy) white and the green that dominate this scene. I’d stopped along US 290 near Elgin, some 25 miles east of Austin, and although it was still only about 9:30 in the morning, the prairie wind was already blowing, so I used a speed of 1/500 second to stop the sometimes frenzied motion of these slender and therefore easily buffeted plants.
This species grows throughout the eastern third of Texas; the east side of Austin is at the western edge of the plant’s range.
© 2012 Steven Schwartzman