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Black-eyed susan seed head remains

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Black-Eyed Susan Seed Head Remains by Tasajillo 3859

Here a Cylindropuntia leptocaulis, known as tasajillo and Christmas cactus, served merely as a colorful background for the seed head remains of what I believe had been (and technically still was) a black-eyed susan, Rudbeckia hirta. How long was this dry seed head? I’d say about 2/3 of an inch (17 mm). How long was this seed head dry? I’d say since last summer.

Like some other recently shown photographs, today’s is from a March 13th visit to McKinney Falls State Park in southeast Austin.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 9, 2014 at 5:53 AM

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  1. Very attractive seed head. I do like the background.


    April 9, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    • I also like the background brown color.

      Jim in IA

      April 9, 2014 at 7:24 AM

      • The background color came from the little fruits of the cactus. You might say they bore fruit in my photography.

        Steve Schwartzman

        April 9, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    • I’m fond of saying that (many times) the three most important things in nature photography are background, background, and background.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 9, 2014 at 9:00 AM

  2. Really enjoy these! Hard to believe such a tiny thing can look so complete and detailed up close.


    April 9, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    • You’ve just described my motivation for using a macro lens so often. We become aware of patterns and details in small things only with optical help.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 9, 2014 at 10:18 AM

  3. Awesome shot. I am fascinated with the Black Eyed Susies. Do you have any photos of them in full bloom. I have never seen one. 😀

    Raewyn's Photos

    April 9, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    • When I show various phases of a plant, especially a late one like this, I often include a link to an earlier phase. When I went to do that for this picture, I discovered I’ve never shown a closeup of a black-eyed susan here. I’ll try to remedy that once they flower in a month or two. In the meantime, the best I can offer is at


      where if you click the second photo you’ll get a panorama that includes a bunch of black-eyed susans, mostly across the back of the photograph. They’re the flowers with the yellow rays and dark centers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 9, 2014 at 3:07 PM

  4. This is a beautiful photograph. I love the colors, how the background color accentuates the seed pod.


    April 9, 2014 at 3:26 PM

  5. Fantastic detail


    April 9, 2014 at 8:40 PM

  6. They always look just as sturdy as they seem to be because they definitely do stick around for quite some time!


    April 11, 2014 at 3:47 AM

  7. Beautiful photograph


    April 11, 2014 at 10:05 PM

  8. […] months ago you saw the dry seed head remains of this species, and last year a colony of black-eyed susans appeared from a distance, and […]

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