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Other Wildflowers at Edge of Huge Sunflower Colony 9026

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Only along two of the margins of the huge sunflower colony that greeted you last time did I see other species of wildflowers. If you look close to the ground in today’s photograph of the colony you may recognize some firewheels (Gaillardia pulchella), horsemints (Monarda citriodora), and prairie verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida). This photograph also gives you a better sense than the last one of how large the sunflower field was and how overcast the sky, even if the clouds could manage just a few sprinkles. You can also tell the south-to-north (left-to-right) direction of the wind across the Blackland Prairie that day; this view was at 90° to the previous one, which showed the sunflowers blowing toward the camera.

The date was May 30, and the location was the west side of FM 685 in Pflugerville, a rapidly growing suburb on the northeastern fringe of Austin.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 1, 2013 at 6:15 AM

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