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Golden groundsel flowers and buds

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Golden Groundsel Flowers and Buds 1271

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Here’s golden groundsel, Packera obovata, in the woods along Bull Creek on March 5. The brown beyond the flowers and buds is from leaves that had fallen onto the ground over the winter, and through which the golden groundsel was emerging.

I used to do a lot of 3-D photography, but even in this 2-D image the bud at the lower right appears to me to be jutting in front of the frame of the picture. To see the many places where golden groundsel does its jutting—out of the ground if not out of picture frames—you can check the state-clickable map at the USDA website.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 25, 2013 at 6:16 AM

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  1. I thought at first you meant common groundsel, Senecio vulgaris, that we get in Europe too, but even you couldn’t have made it look that beautiful.


    March 25, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    • Our local species in the genus Packera used to be classified in the genus Senecio, so they’re certainly relatives of your species. I’m not familiar with Senecio vulgaris, but if I’m ever in Europe and encounter any I’ll take on the photographic challenge of making it look pretty.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 25, 2013 at 4:47 PM

  2. That’s a gorgeous shot. It does feel 3-D.


    March 25, 2013 at 8:06 PM

  3. There are several Groundsels here, but not that one, and ours bloom in late summer.


    March 25, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    • Given that you’re in Montana, I can’t say I’m surprised to hear of your groundsels’ delayed flowering. Ours definitely spring up in spring.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM

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  6. Looking at your latest post on Golden Groundsel in a colony, and this pic, as a non-botanist, I’d say they have a look of daisy about them, or maybe even echinacea in the way the petals droop down when in full bloom. I like these. This particular pic I truly like for its 3D effect; excellent work, steven.


    April 18, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    • Hi, Janina. Golden groundsel is in the Asteraceae, the large botanical family that includes sunflowers, daisies, asters, and yes, echinacea.

      Speaking of 3-D, I was in a museum in Lubbock (Texas) two days ago, that included some old 3-D pictures mounted in viewers so visitors could seen them properly. One of the views had the left and right halves mistakenly reversed, with the result that the people in the picture seemed to have their faces pushed back into their heads. I brought it to the attention of the museum staff.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 18, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      • Those faces sound hilarious! LOL. 😉
        So, I guess, I must be learning something about botany to have guessed so well! And I’m always drawn to these types of flowers; to me they have such smiley open faces. Thank you!


        April 28, 2014 at 4:17 AM

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