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Silverleaf nightshade bud

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Silverleaf Nightshade Bud by Mexican Hat Flowers 9924

From the same May 30th visit to a “vacant” lot on Grapevine Dr. that brought you yesterday’s picture of yellow eggs comes this photograph a budding silverleaf nightshade, Solanum elaeagnifolium, a common Austin species that can be found flowering for much of the year. The yellow, orange and brown in the background are from some of the Mexican hats that had largely taken over the property.

For more information about Solanum elaeagnifolium, including a state-clickable map showing the many places in the United States where this species grows, you can visit the USDA websiste.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 24, 2014 at 5:48 AM

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  1. Nice detail and lighting. The color promises a bloom of delicate hue which I hope is in the wings.

    Steve Gingold

    July 24, 2014 at 5:57 AM

    • I’m planning to pull a switcheroo that you’d hardly be able to tell is a switcheroo. I’ll explain that enigmatic statement next time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 24, 2014 at 7:36 AM

  2. Beautifully captured! Very evocative! 🙂

    Radhika

    July 24, 2014 at 6:24 AM

  3. I love the texture in this shot. For some reason though, I keep waiting for it to open its mouth and bare its teeth at me LOL! I know, I’m strange :).

    photosfromtheloonybin

    July 24, 2014 at 6:28 AM

  4. Makes me think of a little eggplant.

    Gallivanta

    July 24, 2014 at 6:34 AM

  5. What a nice package ready to be opened.

    Jim in IA

    July 24, 2014 at 6:47 AM

  6. It’s the Brontosaurus Bud! (Yes, I know. Still, it alliterates so nicely.)

    shoreacres

    July 24, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    • Your reference to a brontosaurus bud serves here as a nightshade neologism, and an equally alliterative one.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 24, 2014 at 7:58 AM

  7. Beautiful visible details thanks to you! Waiting in anticipation to see the beauty from inside out!

    marksshoesbyevamarks

    July 24, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    • That texture is appealing, isn’t it? Just the thing to attract a macro lens attached to a camera attached to a photographer.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 24, 2014 at 9:09 AM

  8. Steve, that looks almost as soft and fuzzy as lamb’s ear – such wonderful detail!

    composerinthegarden

    July 24, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    • More than once I’ve played up the texture of these buds visually, but you’ve got me to wondering if I’ve ever touched of these buds. Hmm… Next time I see one I’ll have to check it out with my fingers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 24, 2014 at 9:13 AM


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