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The vanishing prairie

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Old Plainsman, Greenthread, Verbena, Firewheels 1663

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On April 28th, although I’d already photographed for hours, first in far north Austin and then on the Blackland Prairie in Pflugerville, I made a last stop—and what turned out to be a long one—on the west side of Interstate 35 south of Grand Avenue Parkway. The southern half of a large field there had become a construction site, but the northern half of the field lay still untouched and dense with wildflowers, most likely for the last time. It was Sunday, and no work was going on, so that freed me to wander in and take pictures. This is one of them, but I could show you others just as resplendent.

By now you’ll probably recognize these wildflowers. All are common in central Texas, all have been abundant this spring, and all have been regular visitors in these pages: old plainsman, Hymenopappus scabiosaeus; prairie verbena, Glandularia bipinnatifida; greenthread, Thelesperma filifolium; firewheel or Indian blanket, Gaillardia pulchella.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 12, 2013 at 6:11 AM

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