Portraits of Wildflowers

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Not fog but dew

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The local weather report in Austin on the morning of September 24 said there was still fog in places, so I went out looking for some but didn’t find any. Instead, on the south shore of the Colorado River at Loop 360, I found plants wet with morning dew. One was this firewheel or Indian blanket, Gaillardia pulchella, a species that normally blooms in the spring but that can continue flowering in small amounts through the summer. Its color was a welcome surprise two days into the official beginning of autumn. Most of the greenery that surrounded the flower head and set off its red and yellow was poison ivy, of which I saw plenty at that site.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 3, 2012 at 6:10 AM

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  1. I admire the Indian Blanket’s ability to be beautiful even when there is one or two petals remaining. Sorry you missed the fog but the dew definitely adds symmetrical water droplets that are pretty as well.

    The Jagged Man

    October 3, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    • It’s common to see Indian blankets like this. I wonder if there are just occasional gaps between the rays rather than any rays having fallen off.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 3, 2012 at 6:30 AM

  2. Great shot! 🙂


    October 3, 2012 at 7:58 AM

  3. Beautiful photograph, but acquiring it was a dangerous quest! Unless, you are one who is immune to the nocuous effects of urushiol.
    ~ Lynda


    October 3, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    • It may be that I’m immune to the effects of poison ivy, because I’ve occasionally brushed against a leaflet or stalk but have never gotten a rash. Nevertheless, I don’t push my luck, and I do my best to avoid all contact.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 3, 2012 at 1:23 PM

  4. The pattern and number of dew drops on this little flower is just incredible! Nature is so transfixing!

  5. luscious!


    October 3, 2012 at 11:56 AM

  6. It’s a lovely image, and a particularly nice follow-up to your pond bubbles. There, you had air caught in the water. Here, the water’s condensed out of the air, yet the effect of the bubbles and droplets is quite similar.


    October 3, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    • That’s a great observation. Thanks for mentioning the symmetry between the two situations.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 3, 2012 at 9:08 PM

  7. Such a beautiful image — the colors and composition are perfect. ♥


    October 4, 2012 at 6:12 AM

  8. Very pretty!


    October 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

  9. I love these flowers! The dew on this one is an added bonus!


    October 4, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    • Firewheels have been among my favorite wildflowers to photograph (I know, so many of them are). As you noted, the dew was an unexpected bonus.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 4, 2012 at 6:04 PM

  10. […] property four months ago. The many spherical seed head remains were Gaillardia pulchella, known as firewheel and Indian blanket, a wildflower that has also appeared time and again in these […]

  11. This flower is magnificent !


    January 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    • This is one of the best-known wildflowers in Texas. I was surprised to find this one well beyond its normal season.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM

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