Portraits of Wildflowers

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And more remains from last year

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Spring may be coming in, but many ghosts still remain from last year. On the same February 13th outing that took me past a couple of blossoming redbud trees, I later walked behind Seton Northwest Hospital and saw this dense thicket of stalks from a dried-out colony of giant ragweed, Ambrosia trifida. Artists talk about negative space, but this picture negates that and is positively filled from side to side and top to bottom.

If you’d like a reminder of what this high and highly allergenic species looks like when it flowers in the fall, you can look back at a post from 2011.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 22, 2013 at 6:15 AM

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  1. My eyes keep roaming around thinking there has to be something hidden in there LOL!! I know, I’m strange :).


    February 22, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    • You may be strange, Cindy, but as soon as I read your comment it suggested to my equally strange mind that this picture would be great for someone who wanted to hide a message in it and pass the hidden message along to another person. Maybe I’ll write up a description of the method for doing that.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2013 at 8:18 AM

  2. There is something hidden there, in the lower right corner. See that tiny bit of spring making its presence known?


    February 22, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    • You looked at this would-be Rorschach test and found a trace of spring. I guess that means you’re an optimist.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2013 at 8:21 AM

  3. […] Go back to this morning’s post and click on the image to bring it up in isolation in your browser […]

  4. […] known as tasajillo and pencil cactus. The light gray and tan stalks farther back are the dried remains of giant ragweed, Ambrosia trifida, and beyond them, barely visible, are bare branches and trunks of various trees. […]

  5. […] grows as tall as 5m (16 ft.) Dried out by December, its stalks persist through the winter. Often they remain upright, but sometimes they don’t; snow may have had a hand (does snow have hands?) in making the […]

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