Broomweed and gayfeather
In Austin and the surrounding area from late summer through early autumn it’s common to see broomweed (Amphiachyris dracunculoides) and gayfeather (Liatris mucronata) growing together. Here’s proof of that convivience* from the Meister Lane cul-de-sac in southeastern Round Rock on the first day in October. Intentionally, almost nothing is in focus beyond the one wee broomweed flower head: how moody, how artsy this botany.
* You probably won’t find convivience in an English dictionary. I think my mind carried the word over from Spanish convivencia or French convivance, a noun that means ‘living together.’ After I wrote the word convivience I searched online to see if anyone else has used that English form, and at a website about Islamic design in Andalucía I found this: “Convivience refers to a peace that existed in medieval Islamic Spain when Christians, Muslims and Jews coexisted in Andalucia without conflict and with an apparent appreciation for and tolerance of unique cultural expressions.” Downright convivial, wouldn’t you say?
© 2015 Steven Schwartzman