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Possum and poverty, haw and weed

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Possumhaw Branch with Fruit by Fluffy Poverty Weed 9069

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When I stopped on November 11th to photograph the dense colony of goldeneye, Viguiera dentata, along S. Capital of Texas Highway, I also found a slender possumhaw, Ilex decidua, that already had plenty of little fruits and that seemed on the verge of shedding its leaves. It was close to a few poverty weed bushes, Baccharis neglecta, that the wind was divesting of their seed-bearing fluff, some of which ended up temporarily caught on the possumhaw.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 25, 2013 at 6:03 AM

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  1. It’s a Texas version of “The Holly and the Ivy”. The composition is perfect. I like the way the two plants seem to be leaning into each other’s space.

    “Seasonal” and “subtle” don’t usually walk hand-in-hand this time of year, but this is lovely. I’m off to the hill country for a couple of days, and anticipate finding some similar bits of beauty.


    December 25, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    • Make that “The Fluffy and the Ilex.” It’s a visually interlocking sort of leaning, isn’t it? How subtle the seasonality, I leave to you, hoping not to have been too blatant, but the possumhaw was what it was and begged to be made a symbol.

      Happy days in the hills to the west, where I expect you’ll see some morning frost along with any possumhaws.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 25, 2013 at 7:21 AM

  2. It is laden heavily. Very nice composition. The cross shape grabs my eye.

    We have a quiet day ahead. Then, a daughter and family arrive for dinner. Son and future daughter in law will also join us for dinner. A turkey will roast all day. The smells should be good today.

    Have a peaceful and rewarding day.

    Jim in IA

    December 25, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    • The way the young fruit-laden possumhaw branch had formed a red cross that stood in such contrast to the clear blue sky grabbed my attention as soon as I saw it, today’s photograph being one fruit of mine.

      Happy quiet day to you.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 25, 2013 at 7:28 AM

  3. Such an ideal image to share on Christmas day! Beautiful composition!
    Merry Christmas, Steve


    December 25, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    • Even though I took the picture on a different holiday (November 11th, Veterans Day), the symbolism of the possumhaw made today seem like the right time to post the image. I’m glad you find it ideal, Karen. A happy day to you.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 25, 2013 at 8:24 AM

  4. Is it the season that makes me see a cross? Anyway, merry Christmas.


    December 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    • I think today’s date predisposes you that way, but even when I first saw this slender tree on November 11th I couldn’t help seeing the way that upper branch formed a cross. The red and green add another association with Christmas. And speaking of which, God Jul to you.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 25, 2013 at 2:56 PM

  5. This is amazing, how this is shaped like a cross, and on Xmas day it’s posted. Magnificent.


    December 25, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    • I’m glad you appreciate the picture, Maria. Posting it today wasn’t coincidental: this seemed like an appropriate day.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 25, 2013 at 9:09 PM

  6. Definitely the cross shape stood out to me as well as the red and green. Merry Christmas Steve!

    Michael Glover

    December 25, 2013 at 8:31 PM

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