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Old man’s winter beard

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Clematis drummondii Fluff Weathered 1396

I’ve showed zillions of pictures—all right, maybe a dozen—of the native vine Clematis drummondii, known colloquially as old man’s beard because of the prominent tufts of fibers produced by the plant’s flowers. Those tufts often last through the winter, turning a dingy brownish-gray as they age. The one shown here from February 21 even had a matted look to it, perhaps the result of sleet and freezing temperatures in the preceding weeks. Bedraggled and battered though this tuft may have been, it still held on to some of its seeds, and that persistence manages to spread out the plant’s seeds in time, just as the wind spreads them out in space.

I took this late-afternoon picture along Brushy Creek near Parmer Ln. in the town of Cedar Park, a large suburb adjacent to northwest Austin.

If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that points 1, 2, and in this case the Rembrandtesque 19 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 15, 2014 at 6:01 AM

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