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Blue curls buds

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Blue Curls Buds Beginning to Open 7860

From February 9, 2012, at the intersection of York Blvd. and Stonelake Blvd., here are some blue curls buds, Phacelia congesta, beginning to open. If you’d like to see what the flowers look like when they emerge, you can check out a post from a week later.


I’m far away from home. You’re welcome to leave comments, but please understand if I’m slow in responding.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 9, 2015 at 5:35 AM

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  1. Perfect in its simplicity.


    February 9, 2015 at 6:24 AM

  2. Both images show how the blue curls got their name. Nice dark background shows off the stem quite well.

    Steve Gingold

    February 9, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    • An alternate colloquial name for this wildflower is caterpillars.

      This is yet another instance in which the very dark background is natural.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 10, 2015 at 3:20 AM

  3. Sweetly enticing…


    February 9, 2015 at 6:56 AM

  4. Nice…we are a long way from seeing that kind of vegetation here.

    Jim in IA

    February 9, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    • We had an early spring in 2012, as this photo and the linked one attest, but I don’t think 2015 is that far along (I don’t actually know, being away.)

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 10, 2015 at 3:23 AM

  5. Beautiful!


    February 9, 2015 at 11:51 AM

  6. stunning- perfect mix of softness and crispness- and what a perfect spiral! beautiful


    February 9, 2015 at 1:09 PM

  7. Stunning detail and shapes 🙂

  8. Very, very pretty. Nice pastels against the dark background. Well done indeed. I like this one even better than I like that of the emergent flowers.

    Pairodox Farm

    February 9, 2015 at 6:30 PM

  9. This is one of the loveliest you’ve shown. It seems so fresh: even flawless. The curl on the right is appealing, and a beautiful focal point.


    February 9, 2015 at 9:56 PM

  10. This and the post to which you link are particularly lovely. The name colloquial name “blue curls” is certainly apt.

    Susan Scheid

    February 15, 2015 at 5:30 PM

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