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Bladderpod Flowers 2204

When I stopped along TX 29 a little east of Llano on April 7th I found a flowering colony of bladderpods (Lesquerella spp.). If you feel like calling this an apotheosis of yellow you’ll get no argument from me.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 28, 2015 at 5:14 AM

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  1. I bow before its magnificence.


    April 28, 2015 at 5:25 AM

  2. I wondered about its name, but see that the pods it produces are why it is a bladderpod. Wonderful yellow! My immediate thought at seeing the picture was rapeseed as we have lots of golden fields at the moment.


    April 28, 2015 at 7:13 AM

  3. Such a sweet flower, set against the brown.


    April 28, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    • We have a similar sensibility here, because I was also taken with the brown background that heightens the yellow of the flowers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 28, 2015 at 10:02 AM

  4. Lovely.

    Raewyn's Photos

    April 28, 2015 at 3:40 PM

  5. Gorgeous photo. I just love it

    • We have a city in Texas called Amarillo, but it’s over 500 km northwest of the place where I found these very yellow flowers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 28, 2015 at 4:43 PM

  6. You really captured such gorgeous, bold, spring color…Such a wonderful tone to set on a Monday.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    April 28, 2015 at 4:25 PM

  7. Not all bladders are human based. We see a lot of bladderworts here in ponds. None of them are in a class with the bladderpod when it comes to petal beauty.

    Steve Gingold

    April 28, 2015 at 7:55 PM

  8. Very pretty!


    April 28, 2015 at 10:18 PM

  9. Well, you inspired me to look up ‘apotheosis’ :-D.
    A beautiful shot of Sunshine! ☀️

    Birder's Journey

    April 29, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    • “A beautiful shot of sunshine” is a great way to put it. Thanks for that description.

      As for apotheosis, happy vocabulary to you.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 29, 2015 at 7:58 AM

  10. I think I remember a bit of folk wisdom about these:

    Brown and yellow speak a hello;
    Green and yellow delight a fellow.

    It was something like that…


    May 2, 2015 at 9:07 PM

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