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Here’s a view from higher and farther back than last time, showing how the large bluebonnet colony that I found on April 12 along Interstate 35 at Onion Creek Parkway in far south Austin was punctuated by a few flowers of other colors, including some Texas yellow stars.

And suddenly this reminds me of the scene in Gone with the Wind where the camera slowly rises and pulls back to reveal more and more of the wounded soldiers—those wearing not the blue but the gray of “the blue and the gray”—densely covering the ground in Atlanta.

And suddenly that reminds me of Salvatore Quasimodo‘s dense poem:

Ognuno sta solo sul cuor della terra
trafitto da un raggio di sole:
ed è subito sera.

Everyone stands alone at the heart of the earth,
pierced by a ray of sunshine:
and suddenly it’s evening.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 24, 2013 at 1:39 PM

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  1. Love the photo and the poem!

    Tina Schell

    April 24, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    • Let’s hear it for the poem, which happens to mention the earth (though it wasn’t the earth but the word suddenly in my second paragraph that triggered the memory of the poem).

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 24, 2013 at 3:10 PM

  2. Since the bluebonnets usually are the stars of the spring wildflower show, I like the just slightly humorous way you’ve centered the Texas yellow stars in the midst of them.

    One of my friends, an Italian woman who taught Spanish, is a great fan of Quasimodo and has this very verse quoted on her blog page. I linked this page for her. I know she’ll be tickled to see the poem combined with one of her favorite flowers.


    April 24, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    • How clever of you to think of the Texas stars as the stars of the show, stealing the honor from the famous bluebonnets.

      Welcome to your Italian friend, a fan of Quasimodo and these wildflowers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 24, 2013 at 8:54 PM

  3. The beauty of the bluebonnet lives on through the lens of your camera. The blue is really good and not faded.


    April 25, 2013 at 11:42 AM

  4. Congregating. Convergence. Conversation. The connection of photo, remembered imagery and poem is potent here. A marvelous and thought-provoking post.


    April 25, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    • I like your CCC—and I don’t mean the better-known one of the Civilian Conservation Core. And suddenly it occurs to me that Conversation is an anagram of Conservation. Let’s say we’re having a conservation conversation.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 25, 2013 at 1:04 PM

  5. Lovely how one image suggests the next…

    Vladimir Brezina

    April 26, 2013 at 8:25 PM

  6. […] the large colony of bluebonnets that you saw a small portion of on April 24, there were also some groups of prairie verbenas, Glandularia bipinnatifida, and pink […]

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