Portraits of Wildflowers

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Landscape on an overcast morning

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Yuccas Flowering by Firewheels with Cloudy Sky 8742

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Another thing I saw at Springfield Park in southeast Austin on the overcast morning of May 30 was this margin where a small wildflower meadow met the trees of an adjacent thicket. If your eyes are drawn to the cream-colored clusters of yucca flowers now, so were mine then. Many of the firewheels that filled the meadow had advanced beyond their flowering stage to become seed-bearing globes.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 23, 2013 at 6:19 AM

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  1. I was in the hill country this weekend, between Kerrville and Medina. I saw a good bit of blooming yucca, and some was quite spectacular.

    There were firewheels, Mexican hat, thistles and sunflowers galore. Along Center Point River Road, which runs just south and parallel to Highway 27 between Kerrville and Center Point, and on Hwy 27 from Center Point to Comfort, the ditches were filled with horsemint. And between Kerrville and Medina, there were more white poppies than I’ve ever seen – they were everywhere. I just laughed.

    A new one I identified shows up from time to time, but not every year. This year, it was profuse, especially along the back roads and in limestone crevices – the lovely mountain pink, or Centaurium beyrichii. I see you have several entries for this – apparently I never associated your photos with the plant that I see along the road! Well, now I do.


    June 23, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    • Sounds like you had a great time, florally speaking, in the Hill Country this weekend. I don’t often get over to Kerrville and Medina, but maybe I should make more of an effort. A fair amount of yucca here in Austin is still blooming now too (even if today’s photograph is from three weeks ago).

      As for mountain pink, you found the photographs of it that I’ve posted on this blog, but you may not have noticed that the last two photographs of the 27 available from the Wildflower Center page you linked to are also mine. I took some new photographs of that species in Austin this week but I’m backed up and won’t be showing a couple of them here till a couple of weeks from now. So many wildflowers, so little time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 23, 2013 at 10:17 PM

  2. An interesting photo with great atmosphere.

    Mary Mageau

    June 24, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    • Thanks for appreciating the atmosphere. For as long as I can remember I’ve been intrigued by scenes in which the ground is bright but the sky is dark.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 24, 2013 at 7:03 AM

  3. That’s a very attractive landscape!


    June 26, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    • In general Austin can’t compare to your Big Sky Country for scenery, but every now and then I see an appealing landscape here, like this one with menacing clouds.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 26, 2013 at 10:10 PM

  4. […] For the second post in a row, here’s a view from the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve in Austin. The picture, which dates back to June 20, 2013, shows what I think is the nymph of a katydid, but if anyone knows otherwise, please speak up. The petal is definitely that of a yucca, probably Yucca rupicola. If you’d like an overview of how that species looks when it’s flowering, you can skip back to another post from 2013. […]

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