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Indian mallow bud beginning to open

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Indian Mallow Bud Opening by Firewheel 6812

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Here’s an opening bud of a native wildflower you haven’t seen in these pages before, Indian mallow, which is in the genus Abutilon. Three species have been reported in Travis County, but I can’t tell which one this is. What I can tell you is that this bud was small, less than half an inch long. In the background you’ll see a flower you’ve grown familiar with here this spring, Gaillardia pulchella, known as firewheel and Indian blanket, so you have two Indian-somethings together. The hazy patches of purple are from prairie verbenas, which have also been plentiful this spring.

I took this May 14th photograph in the fringe of Great Hills Park that’s accessible via Taylor-Draper Lane.

If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that points 1, 18, and the seldom-mentioned 10 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 17, 2013 at 6:23 AM

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