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Dense wildflowers of a different color and shape

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Mealy Blue Sage Colony Densely Flowering 1067

In contrast to the (slightly orange) yellow of the greenthreads that brightened not only the last three posts but also the field on the southwest corner of Grand Ave. Pkwy. and Picadilly Dr. in Pflugerville, here’s a portion of a wonderful colony of (distinctly violet) mealy blue sage, Salvia farinacea, that I found while I was on my way to that site on April 28. This other colony was busy livening up its own southwest corner, the one at Burnet Rd. and Shoreline Dr. in far north Austin. The pinkish flowers in the background were prairie verbenas, Glandularia bipinnatifida.

If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that points 2, 6, 9 and 15 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph. If you’re interested in spring wildflowers, come to Austin now.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

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May 2, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Greenthreads implied

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Old Plainsman Flowering by Greenthread Colony 1193

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Once again the scene is a piece of the Blackland Prairie at Grand Avenue Parkway and Picadilly Drive in Pflugerville on April 28. This time you can get a better feel for the vastness of the greenthread colony, Thelesperma filifolium, even though its thousands of flowers served here only as a background.

You’ve also recently seen the kind of wildflowers in the foreground: old plainsman, Hymenopappus scabiosaeus, a species that has been having the best year I’ve ever seen in central Texas.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 2, 2013 at 6:19 AM

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