And now from December 23, which was officially winter already, here are the buds of a coral honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens, that I was happy to find ready to open along Great Northern Blvd. The Latin species name means ‘evergreen,’ and the lack of a freeze means I was evergrateful for the chance to keep on photographing wildflowers so late in December. How about such a rich red?
Great Northern Blvd., which runs for a mile parallel to the expressway called Mopac just a couple of hundred feet to its east, has only one car lane in each direction. In spite of its being a small road, it has indeed been a great place for me to photograph native plants over the past nine years. Now two toll lanes are getting added to Mopac, and when I took pictures on December 23rd I was sorry to see that clearing had begun on a part of the west side of Great Northern Blvd. in preparation for adding a sound-deflecting wall. I don’t know if any plants will survive the construction. This may turn out to be just the latest of the increasingly many places where I’ve worked that have gotten destroyed over the last 16 years.
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