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Dalea enneandra 8581

The Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary in east Austin may be the only place I’ve ever seen Dalea* enneandra. That plumy species, which is apparently called nine-anther prairie clover, makes its debut in these pages today.

This is also the first picture to appear here from the hundreds I took during my outing to the sanctuary on July 22, 2014. Most of the things that I photograph by the wayside go by the wayside, at least when it comes to revealing them to the world. It’s not that many of the pictures aren’t worthy, but there isn’t time enough to deal with more than a small fraction of them.

Maybe I should repeat Robert Browning’s musing from “Andrea del Sarto“:

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what’s a heaven for?

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* As you’re trekking over hill and dale, dally a moment and be sure not to confuse Dalea with Dahlia. The first pays tribute to the English botanist Samuel Dale, while the second honors the Swedish botanist Anders (or Andreas) Dahl.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 9, 2015 at 5:39 AM

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