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On a fringe of a rain-lily colony

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Greenthread Flower Head in Rain-Lily Colony 8326

Click for greater clarity and size.

On September 25th I made a second visit to the prominent colony of rain-lilies, Cooperia drummondii, on the triangle of land where Perry Ln. runs into Mopac. At one edge of the colony I encountered a lone flower head of greenthread, Thelesperma filifolium, which plays the starring role in today’s portrait. Beyond it, indistinctly, you can make out not only rain-lilies that were still white and fresh, but also older ones that had turned reddish as they shriveled and bent over into arcs.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 24, 2013 at 6:04 AM

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  1. Nice in its simplicity.

    Jim in IA

    October 24, 2013 at 7:51 AM

  2. Greenthread. One of the things I enjoy, besides your photography, about this blog is the number of species you have there, Steve. We have a goodly number, but Texas seems to really have some great diversity. We have a Goldthread here……http://stephengingoldphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Flora/G0000J7rraELfG3M/I00004Z7sSk0UYS8 …very different.

    Steve Gingold

    October 24, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    • Texas has a lot of native species, no question about it, enough that I can keep introducing new ones here from time to time to punctuate my perennial (and annual) favorites. Greenthread is one of those, as is the rain-lily, with both having appeared here a bunch of times.

      I looked up your goldthread (nice picture!), which appears to be Coptis trifolia, a mostly Northeast species that we don’t have in Texas.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 24, 2013 at 6:39 PM

  3. Hm. How very odd. I see a boxed place where the photograph should be, and it says to click for greater clarity, but there is nothing in the box! When I click I get a little white dot in the center of dark gray.

    ???

    The previous posts are still normal and lovely, so I wonder what has happened?

    Lynda

    October 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    • Once in a while I get a report of some anomaly like the one you’re describing. The programmers at WordPress make many changes behind the scenes, and with such a large enterprise things occasionally go awry. I suspect Internet service providers sometimes cause problems, too.

      As of now, the morning after you posted your comment, the photograph is behaving normally for me, but of course that doesn’t mean it’ll behave normally for you this morning, but do try again and see if the problem has resolved itself. If not, let me know and I can e-mail you a copy of the picture so you’ll know what you’re supposed to have seen here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 25, 2013 at 7:21 AM

      • Strangely, this photo is still MIA. However today’s post is picture perfect as are all the rest.

        Lynda

        October 25, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      • OK, I know what is doing it, but I can’t fix it. It is my virus protection software. I added you to the “safe” sites list, but I only get the picture if I turn off my software. But I did get to see the lovely picture! Even if only briefly. 😀

        Lynda

        October 25, 2013 at 7:45 AM

  4. lovely

    sedge808

    October 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM

  5. Very painterly, this shot.

    kathryningrid

    October 31, 2013 at 5:48 PM


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