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Crossing flower stalks of Verbena xutha

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Verbena xutha Flower Stalks Crossing 9791

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Here’s a photograph from a year ago today in Pflugerville’s Northeast Metro Park showing two crossing flower stalks of Verbena xutha, known as gulf vervain.

If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that points 1, 2, 4, 6 and 18 in About My Techniques apply to this photograph.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 28, 2015 at 4:59 AM

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  1. ‘X’ marks the spot. Someone was bound to say it. Beautiful lighting against that nice dark background, Steve.

    Steve Gingold

    July 28, 2015 at 5:23 AM

    • Or, at least a variant. What crossed my mind was “X marks the stalk.”


      July 28, 2015 at 6:20 AM

    • Y X ? Which is to say I wondered why Y couldn’t mark a spot as well, but writing three strokes (assuming a capital Y rather than a lower-case y) is harder than writing two strokes.

      Yes, I used my familiar (to me) technique of a bright subject against a dark (but always natural) background.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 28, 2015 at 7:02 AM

  2. Charming and ballerina-like.


    July 28, 2015 at 5:35 AM

  3. That is a good way to remember the species name 🙂


    July 28, 2015 at 9:20 AM

  4. Fingers crossed – great shot. Love your Xample of brilliant composition.

    Raewyn's Photos

    July 28, 2015 at 2:34 PM

  5. another wow from me.


    July 28, 2015 at 10:20 PM

  6. […] That’s right: the little (quarter-inch, or 6mm) flowers known as bluets, Stenaria nigricans var. nigricans, aren’t normally blue but rather pale violet, pale pink, or almost completely white. The ones here, photographed during the same June 2nd session off Naruna Way in northeast Austin that brought you the previous picture, were growing with some more-colorful prairie verbena, Glandularia bipinnatifida. Notice how different this verbena inflorescence is from that of the Verbena xutha that appeared here recently. […]

  7. […] native verbenas that are common in central Texas, prairie verbena and slender vervain, as well as one that I only occasionally come across. Making its debut here today is yet another: gray vervain, Verbena canescens. While it’s […]

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