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Foretelling fall

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Maximilian Sunflower Opening 3848

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It was only the first day of August, and the afternoon temperature would climb above 100° again, *but that morning in Round Rock I found what I’ll take as a token of fall, and my first for this time of the year*: a Maximilian sunflower already flowering. Helianthus maximiliani is a species that usually reaches its peak bloom here in late September or October, and I’ve occasionally seen a few of its flowers at the end of August, but I don’t remember ever seeing any at the beginning of the month. I recorded this early prodigy along the Greater Lake Creek Trail.

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*Did you notice that what’s between the asterisks is in anapestic meter?

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 3, 2013 at 6:09 AM

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