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Bluebonnet inflorescence forming

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Bluebonnet Inflorescence Forming 4750

In the last post you saw a group of people taking pictures of a baby in a colony of bluebonnets, Lupinus texensis. Now here’s a close look at how an individual bluebonnet inflorescence comes into being. Notice that there’s barely a trace of blue-violet in this early stage and that the operative word is soft.

This picture is from March 24th in the Barton Creek Greenbelt.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 2, 2014 at 6:02 AM

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  1. Superb shot, Steve.


    April 2, 2014 at 6:43 AM

  2. I’m so glad you’ve posted these photos of the bluebonnets. It’s a good reminder that the time has come to get out into the country. From what I see every day, I never would have guessed that, and I forget to check the websites that track such things

    They’re as lovely at this stage as in the “Quick! Pull over here and get some photos!” stage.


    April 2, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    • I like this early stage not only in its own right but also, as you said, because it’s less commonly noticed and appreciated than the dense fields of mature flowers. Here in Austin some bluebonnets are beginning to get reddish areas on them, a sign that their pollen is losing its potency, so I wouldn’t wait much longer if your goal is to see colonies in their prime.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 2, 2014 at 9:24 AM

  3. The eloquence of the bud and its possibilities.


    April 2, 2014 at 8:40 AM

  4. Le vert clair ressort bien sur le fond vert foncé et avec les touches de blanc-gris des premières influorescences donne beaucoup de profondeur à l’image. Bravo Steve!


    April 2, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    • I’ll translate Chantal’s comment: the light green stands out against the darker green of the background and with the grey-white touches of the early inflorescence gives lots of depth to the image.

      Merci, Chantal, for your insight (et voilà un peu de franglais).

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 2, 2014 at 1:46 PM

  5. Fabulous shot. 😀

    Raewyn's Photos

    April 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM

  6. nice ‘n hairy


    April 2, 2014 at 8:31 PM

  7. Particularly lovely. Great closeup looking pale lavender.


    April 3, 2014 at 10:05 PM

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