Portraits of Wildflowers

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We still had Maximilian sunflowers in mid-November.

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Maximilian Sunflowers by Paloverde 8936

I photographed these Maximilian sunflowers, Helianthus maximiliani, in the northeast quadrant of Mopac and US 183 on an overcast November 15th. The tree behind the sunflowers was a paloverde, Parkinsonia aculeata.

Similar to the way in which three spirits in a row visited Scrooge, between now and Monday I’ll have visited three yellow flower pictures upon you.


I’m away for a few days. You’re welcome to leave comments, but it may take me a while to answer.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 21, 2015 at 4:59 AM

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  1. We have sunflower seedlings coming up. In mid November. It’s been an unusually warm month here.


    November 21, 2015 at 5:35 AM

    • Do you know whether your seedlings are regular sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) or another species? I noticed a week or two ago that among a stand of common sunflower plants that had gone to seed and were drying out, new flower heads were appearing.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 21, 2015 at 7:34 AM

      • Yes, ours are the common sunflowers. I mowed them down about a month ago and many of the seeds have come up. Now I’m wishing I’d left some of the seemingly dead stalks standing to see if what you’ve observed would have happened here.


        November 22, 2015 at 8:55 AM

  2. In a way, these are even more striking against a dull sky. There are times when they do seem lit from within.


    November 21, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    • I mentioned the overcast day but I didn’t make clear that the background blue-grey was a pond whose surface the dull sky dulled down. As you pointed out, the gloom of the day made the sunflowers seem brighter, as if lit from within.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 21, 2015 at 9:22 PM

  3. What a treat. I know your season lasts much longer than ours, but it is still a surprise to see such sunny blooms.

    Steve Gingold

    November 22, 2015 at 2:07 PM

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