Portraits of Wildflowers

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Nueces coreopsis and other dense wildflowers

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The Nueces coreopsis, Coreopsis nuecensis, doesn’t grow in Austin, but I began to see some about an hour and a quarter south of here on my April 4th foray. The magenta flowers are phlox; the red ones are Indian paintbrushes, Castilleja indivisa; and there are some bluebonnets, Lupinus texensis, mixed in. If you’d like a closer look at a Nueces coreopsis, which is the wildflower in this group that you’re least likely to be familiar with, you can check out a post from 2012.

The location of today’s picture was the grounds of the Christ Lutheran Church of Elm Creek, a property that hosted the largest display of wildflowers I saw anywhere on my trip.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 10, 2014 at 5:58 AM

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  1. This would look nice printed and hanging in my living room.


    April 10, 2014 at 6:25 AM

  2. Yesterday, another blogger I follow posted about coreopsis.

    Jim in IA

    April 10, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    • I followed your link and saw that the post there features Coreopsis auriculata, called lobed tickseed. A commenter and the blogger agreed that coreopsis is a nicer name for a pretty wildflower, but I had to disillusion them. The -opsis at the end of the word means ‘looks like,’ which is harmless enough, but the core at the beginning is from the Greek word koris, which meant ‘bedbug.’ The seeds that various species of coreopsis produce reminded people of ticks or bedbugs.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 10, 2014 at 7:50 AM

  3. Lovely impressionistic scene.


    April 10, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    • You’ve reminded me that by the time of the Impressionists, photography had been invented and was becoming popular, but there wasn’t yet any color photography. Painting was then the main way to record a scene like this, but I’m glad we now have color photography or else I wouldn’t have a good way to show a wildflower colony like this one.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 10, 2014 at 10:44 AM

  4. Quel beau tapis, mais je n’oserais pas me coucher dessus de peur de l’abimer.. ça ferait un magnifique tableau!
    bonne fin de semaine Steve


    April 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    • Moi non plus je n’oserais pas me coucher dessus. Heureusement j’ai pu m’approcher de ces fleurs sans les abimer. J’ai employé un objectif télé-zoom à 129 mm.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 10, 2014 at 10:50 AM

  5. Gorgeous colors Steve!! Really beautiful capture, well done 🙂

    Miss Lou

    April 10, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    • Thanks. I hope it’s on a par with french fries dipped in chocolate sundaes.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 10, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      • Not quite Steve, but It would be pretty magical to experience both at the same time… Lol

        Miss Lou

        April 10, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        • The solution, then, is to visit Texas, where french fries and chocolate sundaes coexist with wildflowers.

          Steve Schwartzman

          April 10, 2014 at 11:26 AM

          • lol Yes. That does sound like a suggested that would tick both the boxes in one go!

            Miss Lou

            April 10, 2014 at 8:07 PM

  6. I love the colours. 😀

    Raewyn's Photos

    April 10, 2014 at 1:32 PM

  7. How I long to sit by those flowers. If humans built concrete over them it would be truly tragic. Thank you for bringing them to my screen.

    Emily Heath

    April 10, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    • As I’ve said to other people, come visit Texas in the spring. You can still see sights like this, but unfortunately many places have been developed. Not a year goes by that I don’t see the destruction of another site where I’ve wandered and taken pictures.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 10, 2014 at 8:29 PM

  8. Wow. Isn’t nature grand? D

    Pairodox Farm

    April 10, 2014 at 6:10 PM

  9. This is beautiful, better than a painting reimagined. I love the mix of colors. We’re actually free of snow in the Midwest (ok, mostly) and I’m needing to get my flower bed color schemes in order. This gives me some ideas. Thanks!


    April 11, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    • You’re welcome. I like your description of “a painting reimagined” as well as your “ok, mostly.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 11, 2014 at 7:33 AM

  10. […] with the picture from two posts back, this one comes from the grounds of the Christ Lutheran Church of Elm Creek on April […]

  11. What a wonderful mix of colours


    April 13, 2014 at 1:22 PM

  12. Lovely image– like a tapestry!

    john todaro

    May 13, 2014 at 6:44 PM

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