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In memoriam: the native plants on the lot along US 183

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Since the early days of this blog in mid-2011, I’ve occasionally mentioned a property in my northwest part of Austin on the east side of US 183 adjacent to Wendy’s and Costco that was slowly being cleared in preparation for development. The excessive slowness of the clearing may not have been good business for the owners and developers, but it worked in my favor because I managed to keep visiting and taking pictures a lot longer than I originally thought I’d be able to.

In a post on December 16, 2012, you saw a sunflower that I photographed there the previous day. The little group of sunflowers that it belonged to had held out season after season, but about a week into 2013 I drove past the site one morning and was saddened to see that even “my” last stand of sunflowers had been almost completely destroyed, with only a couple of spent plants spared. Whether any seeds in the ground at the margin of the property will eventually give rise to new sunflower plants remains to be seen; it also depends on the kind of landscaping that the future tenant insists on, and that doesn’t bode well.

As a tribute to the site, over the next several days I’ll post a few more of the many pictures I took there in the last two years. To begin with, here’s a sunflower that I photographed on the property on September 9, 2011. The other visitor to it was an orange sulphur butterfly, Colias eurytheme.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 24, 2013 at 6:23 AM

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