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Taking a step back in time

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Texas Dandelion Bud 4237

Yesterday’s post showed the flower head of a Texas dandelion, Pyrrhopappus pauciflorus. Here’s what a bud of that species looks like as it’s beginning to open. Notice the two minuscule insects on it.

This photograph comes from a March 26th stop along TX 71 east of Austin. The other people who parked where I did had been drawn to the yellow of a McDonald’s arches, but you might say I made this different yellow my happy meal, visually. And if you feel like rising above those arches, culturally, I’ll add that this bud reminds me of a line by Romeo: “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!”

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 11, 2013 at 6:14 AM

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