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A different sort of raft

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Sycamore Seed Ball Remains on Raft of Bubbles 2170A

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Géricault had his Raft of the Medusa, and I have my Raft of the Platanus. His was made of wood, mine of bubbles (but if you want wood, just let the sycamore seeds that you see here take root and grow for a decade or two). Géricault’s raft was in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, mine near the edge of a pond in northwest Austin. He painted his in 1818–19, I photographed mine on February 28, 2014.

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February 28, 2015 at 5:48 AM

Clematis and clouds

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Clematis drummondii Strands and Prominent Clouds 9964

While wandering—but not lonely as a cloud—in the northeast quadrant of Mopac and US 183 on February 27, 2013, I photographed the latter stage of the familiar vine known colloquially as old man’s beard, Clematis drummondii. It’s appeared in these pages probably a dozen times, but never with as dramatic a skyscape as the one from that day two years ago.

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February 27, 2015 at 5:54 AM

Large buttercup

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Large Buttercup Flower Opening from Side 2215

On February 27, 2010, I photographed this large buttercup, Ranunculus macranthus, that was opening at McKinney Falls State Park in southeast Austin.

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February 26, 2015 at 5:55 AM

Texas mountain laurel with dense flowers

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Texas Mountain Laurel Flowering 9616

On February 25th, 2013, I photographed a Texas mountain laurel, Sophora secundiflora, that was blossoming its head off. This is the bush whose flowers some people say smell like grape Kool-Aid.

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© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

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February 25, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Male cardinal

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Male Cardinal in Tree 6420

Here’s a rather soft and impressiony picture of a male cardinal on February 2, 2009, along Bull Creek in my northwestern part of Austin.

As is often the case with birds, the male is much more colorful than the female, as you can confirm in a photograph from 2013.

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© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

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February 24, 2015 at 5:26 AM

Add red

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Possumhaw with Fruit in Snow 2136

To the almost monochrome images of the last two photographs taken during the snowfall of February 23, 2010, add this one that includes the familiar red of a possumhaw’s small fruits. Need I say why another vernacular name for Ilex decidua is winterberry?

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© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

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February 23, 2015 at 5:29 AM

A change in scale

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Prickly Pear Spine Emerging from Snow 2034

After the large live oak tree that you saw last time doused in white during the snowfall of February 23, 2010, here’s a change in scale to a prickly pear cactus spine emerging from the snow on that same afternoon.

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© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

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February 22, 2015 at 5:12 AM

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