Portraits of Wildflowers

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Greenbrier leaf changing colors

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Greenbrier Leaf Turned Orange 6839

Here’s quite a different leaf that I saw at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on February 3, 2013. It’s from a greenbrier vine, Smilax bona-nox, a species whose leaves can turn colors in seasons other than autumn. The mottling that you see here is also typical of this vine’s leaves, as is the prickle at the tip.


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© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 6, 2015 at 5:13 AM

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  1. Changing colors most always create these interesting mottles. The stem reminds of one of those wall lamps on the extending zig zag arms

    Steve Gingold

    February 6, 2015 at 5:44 AM

  2. I see a lot to enjoy in this photo, Steve. I love the color, and the angles into the depths, contrasting with the curves.


    February 6, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    • Hi, Melissa. I’m glad you enjoyed the colors and the geometry of the image. I’d forgotten about this picture until I went back through my archives.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 6, 2015 at 1:32 PM

      • That is fun, isn’t it? Every once in awhile I dig through the canvases stacked against the wall and come across surprises, good and bad.


        February 6, 2015 at 5:48 PM

  3. Such wonderful use of color, texture, detail, shape, and lighting; a very enjoyable image.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    February 7, 2015 at 3:07 AM

  4. […] were already beginning to flower in Austin. This one made quite a contrast with the tangled greenbrier vine, Smilax bona-nox, beneath […]

  5. […] and, imaginatively, hellfetter. Close to it I also noticed a “regular” greenbrier vine, Smilax bona-nox, which is very common in central Texas, so common that I almost never go walking in the woods […]

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