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Standing cypress flower fallen but still standing

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From my standing height I looked down at the ground and saw a standing cypress flower, which I didn’t understand and somehow thought was sprouting. But that’s not how Ipomopsis rubra grows, and when I got low and close I saw the truth of the matter: this flower had fallen from a standing cypress plant but was still standing, at least if you make an allowance for the fact that it didn’t touch the ground.

My misunderstanding followed by understanding took place at the Blunn Creek Nature Preserve in south Austin on June 13. Today’s photograph gives you the closest look yet at an individual flower of this species, which is also known as Texas plume and red Texas star.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 29, 2013 at 6:17 AM

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