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Partridge pea with shadows

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Partridge pea flowers, Chamaecrista fasciculata, are attractive in their own right, but the shadows cast by this one on part of itself add to the appeal. I took this picture on August 8th near where Old Spicewood Springs Rd. crosses Bull Creek.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman


I’m out of town for a while. Of course you’re welcome to leave comments, but please understand if it takes me longer than usual to respond.


Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 30, 2014 at 5:39 AM

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  1. If your partridge pea grows as tall, or rather short, as the ones I’ve seen here, you must have got a nice crick in your neck for your trouble.

    Steve Gingold

    September 30, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    • These plants are usually on the low side, as you say, so I have to follow their lead and either sit or lie down to get good pictures. A little crick in the neck from time to time is all in a good day’s work, right?

      Here, for once, is a species we both have at hand, and I see from the USDA map that it grows across much of the eastern United States.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 30, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    • Ha! That was my first thought as well. I really like the dynamic composition your crick in the neck earned you.


      October 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      • Crick or no crick, the diagonally dynamic composition and shadows appealed to me and I had to get the picture.

        Steve Schwartzman

        October 16, 2014 at 3:47 PM

  2. Love these cheery flowers. They do so well here too.


    September 30, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    • That’s two in a row
      For people who know
      The bright partridge pea.
      Now who’ll make it three?

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 30, 2014 at 7:17 AM

  3. Stunning!!


    September 30, 2014 at 10:32 AM

  4. Such a rich, buttery yellow. It’s rather amazing that the shadows are as crisp and detailed as they are. The petals must be nice and smooth, unlike, for example, the prickly poppy.

    The leaves remind me of sensitive briar. I found a couple of postings that indicated these leaves, too, are “slightly sensitive to touch.” Do they close when touched? They look like they “ought” to.


    September 30, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    • “Buttery yellow” is a good way to put it, and there’s also that rouge at the center. Those are inherent qualities, but the shadows that happened to fall on the petals made the view special for me.

      Maybe I lack the requisite animal magnetism, but I’ve never been able to get partridge pea’s compound leaves to do anything.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 30, 2014 at 10:51 PM

  5. so lovely


    October 3, 2014 at 11:52 PM

  6. The shadows are stunning.

    Susan Scheid

    October 8, 2014 at 6:23 PM

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