Portraits of Wildflowers

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Asters in their own right

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Dense Asters 1527

In the previous picture, out-of-focus asters (Symphyotrichum spp.) were fine as a background, but if you wanted to see what these dense flowers look like in their own right, here’s your chance. The green vine snaking across the top of the photograph is the appropriately named greenbrier, Smilax bona-nox.

Once again the date was October 28th, and the location Springfield Park in southeast Austin. I saw a few of these asters as recently as two days ago, even after a cold spell hit us last week (but then the afternoon high bounced back up to 81°F, or about 27°C, three days ago).

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 26, 2014 at 5:37 AM

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  1. Gotta love these tough little guys 🙂


    November 26, 2014 at 1:41 PM

  2. At the risk of repeating myself…a favorite personality trait of mine…I envy you these swaths of natural flower beds.

    Steve Gingold

    November 26, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    • Even in this flowerful part of the country I wasn’t expecting to see asters as numerous and as dense as I found on my walk that day. I’m not complaining.

      At the risk of repeating myself too, I hope you’ll manage to come to central Texas on a photography tour someday.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 26, 2014 at 7:31 PM

  3. Love your photo…My asters really lasted a long time this year; this past week we went through several days of killer frosts so they slipped away at that time. I really appreciate these blooms that come so late in the year and hold on so long when I have so little color in the garden.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    November 26, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    • I feel the same way about our asters. They’re among the last wildflowers to be seen in quantity until the cold weather reduces their numbers. I’m glad to hear yours lasted as long as ours this year. May it always be so.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 26, 2014 at 10:42 PM

  4. Never a dull moment for temperature-predictors around here!


    December 1, 2014 at 7:12 PM

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