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Greenthreads blowing on the prairie

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Greenthread Colony with Prairie Verbena 1225

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Following up on the last post, here’s a closer look at some of the greenthreads, Thelesperma filifolium, as they were blown about by the breeze on the Blackland Prairie in Pflugerville on April 28 (I used a shutter speed of 1/500 sec.). The other wildflowers are prairie verbenas, Glandularia bipinnatifida. Twice while I was at this site parents came and posed their child in the enormous field of greenthreads of which this was only a tiny part.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 1, 2013 at 8:07 AM

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  1. stunning all around!


    May 1, 2013 at 8:38 AM

  2. They look a lot like coreopsis, a plant I’m extremely fond of because it is so cheerful and hardy. It also seems to be one of the few plants that is truly deer proof. You’ve captured a lovely combination of colours here.


    May 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    • You’re right, greenthread does look a lot like coreopsis, and both are common in Austin (though greenthread is more widespread). This is a time of year when there are many wonderful combinations of colors in our colonies of wildflowers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 1, 2013 at 12:54 PM

  3. This is such a lovely photo~ looks like a painting 🙂


    May 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    • You would know about that, Melissa. Because I have no drawing or painting ability, I’m thankful for the existence of good cameras and for knowing how to use them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 1, 2013 at 12:56 PM

  4. This is a gorgeous shot. They remind me of the blanket flower (not sure of scientific name)


    May 1, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    • It was a gorgeous piece of prairie. Native plant people use the term DYC, or darn yellow composites, to refer to the many daisies with yellow rays, some of which can be easily confused at first glance.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 1, 2013 at 4:55 PM

  5. Brilliant yellow. Excellent. Greenthread is one of my all time favorite flowers.


    May 1, 2013 at 5:54 PM

  6. How beautiful they are in their abundance!


    May 1, 2013 at 10:56 PM

  7. Beautiful image!


    May 2, 2013 at 6:21 AM

  8. Wow what a fantastic visual that must have been! I can imagine sitting among all that color…thanks for sharing!


    May 2, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    • You’re welcome, David. I’ve been to a bunch of sites like this one recently and have taken so many photographs that there’s no way for me to show even a representative sample here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM

  9. […] the dodder’s orange threads were. I’ll add that the plant being attacked here was greenthread, Thelesperma […]

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