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Possumhaw in a new kind of place

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Possumhaw with Fruit by Cattails 2127

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I’ve seen possumhaws, Ilex decidua, in various environments, but when I went to Travis County East Metropolitan Park on the overcast morning of February 28th I found one that was new to me because of the presence of cattails, Typha domingensis.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 19, 2014 at 4:58 AM

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  1. Wonderful photo!

    Caroline Lundberg

    March 19, 2014 at 5:10 AM

  2. Such simplicity. In the larger version, the berries look almost like beadwork on fabric. I very much like the contrast between them and the smooth, brushstroke-like cattails.

    Things are starting to bloom here. Today I ran into Carolina buttercups, pink evening primrose, and grass pony-foot. Nothing’s very showy yet, but the color’s welcome.


    March 19, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    • The contrast between the sharply defined red of the possumhaw’s little fruits and the softer forms of the cattails made this view special for me.

      Austin is in full spring mode, but because of the freezes until two weeks ago, many things are behind their usual times. I haven’t seen any fabulous wildflower displays yet, but plenty of familiar species are making appearances on a smaller scale.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM

  3. Love the contrast


    March 19, 2014 at 11:31 PM

  4. Très bel effet Steve au milieu des graminées sèches!


    March 20, 2014 at 5:59 AM

    • Merci, Chantal. A vrai dire, il s’agit de typhacées plutôt que graminées, mais l’effet est semblable.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 20, 2014 at 7:42 AM

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