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Elbowbush flowering with ice

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Elbowbush Flowers with Ice 2582

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In the previous post you saw some flowers of Forestiera pubescens, known as elbowbush and also as spring herald because it’s one of the earliest native species to flower in Austin. That picture was from February 27th. Five days later, on March 4th, I returned to Great Hills Park because we’d had rain overnight and some of the residual wetness had frozen in the just-cold-enough air before dawn. I went back to the same elbowbush as on the last visit, but this time under gray skies, and I took pictures of it in its new guise.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 11, 2014 at 5:59 AM

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  1. Are the branches and twigs typically bent like elbows?

    Jim in IA

    March 11, 2014 at 6:33 AM

  2. Just beautiful


    March 11, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    • This seems to be something you’re more familiar with in your climate than I am in mine, and that’s why I pushed myself to go out in the sub-freezing weather to document the ice.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 11, 2014 at 7:46 AM

  3. Wow. I’m so sorry! Very beautiful photography. I always worry, here in Alabama, that when spring is pushing up the first flowers, that some freakish storm will be pushed too close & hurt everything. Which is why I am headed to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens today…just in case. I love your photograph. ~amy


    March 11, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    • These flowers certainly look the worse for wear, but I don’t know whether they rebounded after the temperature warmed up. I do know that this specific elbowbush has been there for several years, so I think it’s highly likely to survive and produce flowers again next spring.

      Happy visit to the botanical gardens.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 11, 2014 at 12:24 PM

  4. Even in the plant world, no one said it was going to be easy. 😉


    March 11, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    • That’s for sure, and I’ve seen plenty of individuals that haven’t survived. Still, I’ll opt for optimism and say that plants on the whole strike me as pretty resilient.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 11, 2014 at 12:26 PM

  5. Stunning…wonderful shot.


    March 11, 2014 at 2:30 PM

  6. It’s a very beautiful photo Steve, with great details and clarity.


    March 13, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    • I’ll attribute some of that clarity to my years teaching math. Okay, so maybe that’s a different kind of clarity, but maybe not.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 13, 2014 at 6:05 PM

  7. I’ve been quite irresponsible recently and just discovered that I did not comment on this one Steve. There’s something about the clarity of the rendition plus the ice-covered and the not-ice-covered that really works here. Beautiful shot once again. D

    Pairodox Farm

    March 19, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    • Hard to believe that was only 3 weeks ago. We’ve been in full-on spring mode for a while, so ice in nature is an anomalous memory.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2014 at 2:43 PM

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