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Deminimalizing the sage

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White-Striped Longtail on Mealy Blue Sage 4880

On one of the mealy blue sages, Salvia farinacea, at the Mueller Greenway on March 29th I found this butterfly. From what I can tell, it’s a white-striped longtail, Chioides catillus, faded, still bearing its white stripes but no longer its long tails, which apparently got worn away or chomped off. Such are the hazards of being a butterfly.

The focus here was on the butterfly, but you can have a better look at the flowers of this kind of sage by checking out some pictures from past posts.

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April 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Minimalism to the max

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Mealy Blue Sage Flower Stalk 4714

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Not part of a plush toy, but the flower stem of a mealy blue sage, Salvia farinacea, is what you’re getting a close look at here. Plants in the mint family (which includes all the sages) have stems that are roughly square in cross-section, as is evident in this picture. Like some other recently posted photographs, this is one that I took at the Mueller Greenway on March 29 in preparation for a slide show and native plant walk there the following week.

If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that points 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, and 19 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph. That’s a lot of points for such a simple picture.

April 22 is the “official” Earth Day, but in this blog the other 364 days (365 last year) are Earth Day too.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 22, 2013 at 6:17 AM

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