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Remember basket-flowers?

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Basket-Flower Colony Dried Out in Landscape 1208

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Do you remember what a basket-flower looks like? Sure you do. Yes, you do indeed.

Today’s picture shows what a large colony of Centaurea americana looks like after it has gone to seed: sere, yes, yet still something to see and celebrate in our sunniest season.

Date: July 19.  Location: Meister Ln. at Schultz Ln. in Round Rock.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 24, 2013 at 6:14 AM

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  1. Something that ought to have been obvious just occurred to me. Mowers aren’t only a threat to the pretty colors of blooming flowers. They also make photos like this impossible. There’s one large stand of Texas thistles in my area that has dried. The plants are easily 3-5′ tall, but the only reason they’re still around is their location – a spot between a fenceline and a power transmission tower where mowers can’t get to them and apparently the fellows with the weed-whackers haven’t tried.

    This is beautiful. It’s fun to compare its composition with the triangular approach of the butterfly and lantana.

    shoreacres

    August 24, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    • Funny you should mention mowers and thistles, because when I got to this site on July 19th, the first thing I thought was that the field (which also has goodly colonies of Texas thistles) had been mowed since I photographed there the year before. I don’t know when it happened, but the plants as a whole were noticeably shorter than in 2012. I suppose some of that could have been due to variation in rainfall from one year to the next, but the mowers rarely miss a chance to cut down even fresh plants, and even in a drought, as I learned to my dismay in August of 2011. Like you, I’ve learned that fences are a great defense against predators of the mowing kind, at least in the immediate vicinity of the barriers.

      And yes, this two-layer composition is so different from yesterday’s triangular one (and I can’t resist noting that 2 and three are consecutive numbers as well as consecutive primes and consecutive Fibonacci numbers, the only pair that can make all three claims.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 24, 2013 at 9:11 AM

  2. We have some large areas of restored prairie and some protected roadsides that are in glorious full bloom with wildflowers. The early part of the growing season had ample rains. They got off to a good start. Now we have our usual dryness of August. They are tall and showy.

    Thanks for this photo today, Steven.

    Jim in IA

    August 24, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    • You’re welcome, Jim. I’m glad to hear you can share in a similar dry scene. Dry doesn’t have to mean dreary.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 24, 2013 at 9:33 AM

  3. I only hope that I can be as beautiful as I go to seed.

    kathryningrid

    August 24, 2013 at 5:12 PM


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