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Chrysopsis pilosa

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Chrysopsis pilosa Flower Head and Bud 5694

Chrysopsis pilosa is one of those DYCs (darn yellow composites) that I don’t see in Austin, but on June 4th I went 30 miles east, to Bastrop County, and there I saw this flower head and opening bud of that species, which people call soft goldenaster. This is one of those lie-on-the-ground-and-aim-upward sorts of pictures.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 19, 2015 at 5:32 AM

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  1. Signature Schwartzman. I hope this is a tall flower stalk so you didn’t have to twist yourself into a knot. Nicely done, Steve.

    Steve Gingold

    August 19, 2015 at 6:05 AM

    • It’s not all that tall, Steve, but then neither am I, so we work well together, and all twisting remains in the domain of Chubby Checker.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 19, 2015 at 7:29 AM

  2. It really is the golden star of the photo


    August 19, 2015 at 6:16 AM

  3. What a perfect juxtaposition. The simplicity of form and color are striking, but I especially like the way the flower on the right is clasping its petals together in admiration of what the fully-blooming one on the left has accomplished.


    August 19, 2015 at 6:19 AM

    • The fancy word anthropomorphism seems as if it could pass for part of a scientific botanical name, don’t you think? I’ve noticed that various other species in the sunflower family, including the familiar sunflower itself, have buds that pass through a phase in which the emerging ray flowers protrude in a tapering and slightly concave bundle like the one shown here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 19, 2015 at 7:41 AM

  4. ‘Darn’ as in ‘Darn I hate trying to find out which yellow one is this again’? 😀


    August 19, 2015 at 7:25 AM

  5. Reaching for those rays…


    August 19, 2015 at 9:37 AM

  6. What a bold and joyful way to welcome the new day.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    August 19, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    • Yes, Seattle is two hours behind Austin, so I’ll make bold to say that this post must have been more “morninged” over there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 19, 2015 at 1:10 PM

  7. Very nice

    Raewyn's Photos

    August 19, 2015 at 6:10 PM

  8. I hope the intrepid photographer wasn’t bitten by anything while lying on the ground taking this highly appealing composition? 🙂


    August 21, 2015 at 4:00 AM

    • I will confirm with all rapidity
      This photographer’s intrepidity:
      Rumors of bites have no validity.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 21, 2015 at 8:42 AM

      • You are a poet as well. It seems you have numerous talents, Steve! 🙂


        August 21, 2015 at 4:10 PM

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