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Late poverty weed

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Poverty Weed Turned Fluffy 5154

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Akin to the real feathers that you saw last time at the Arbor Walk pond were the feathery tufts that lingered nearby on a poverty weed bush, Baccharis neglecta. By December 4th most members of this species in Austin had partly or completely faded already, but this one was still at its peak of plumy attractiveness.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 15, 2014 at 6:08 AM

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  1. How cool it would be to put photos side by side, feathers of nature with features of birds! Love your photos!! Cath

    Cathy Testaat

    January 15, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    • I’ll bet that people have made the comparison incidentally, as I did in these two successive posts, but I wonder if anyone has put together a whole collection. That’s a worthy project you’ve suggested.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 15, 2014 at 6:37 AM

  2. Just learned I’m headed to Austin in late May for a long weekend. Would love some pointers on places of interest for photography Steve. And BTW, love this one and the previous one with the real feathers. That was a great find!!

    Tina Schell

    January 15, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    • To tell the truth, I see loose feathers in nature fairly often, but they don’t always look good and they aren’t always in places that are easy to photograph. The clump in yesterday’s picture struck me as particularly photogenic and it had the added virtue of being easy to get to: all I had to do was kneel.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM

  3. Very nice rhythm created by the pano composition. These tufts really seem to be dancing.

    • Thanks, Maria. I like the way you put that. This was a great subject, so I took a bunch of pictures of it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 15, 2014 at 11:15 PM

  4. […] that last view of poverty weed, Baccharis neglecta, wasn’t dynamic enough for you, here’s a little drama I’d […]

  5. Now *that’s* what I’m talking about: feathery plant material.

    kathryningrid

    January 20, 2014 at 6:19 PM

  6. […] today’s photograph, the seeds that had gotten caught on the dry pods were either from poverty weed or cattails, both of which were shedding plenty of fluff […]


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