And still another wildflower in winter
Above is a flower of Clematis drummondii, which I photographed along Great Northern Blvd. on December 23rd of last year. From the same place and time—to within a few feet and minutes—you’ll find below (and seen from below) the silky strands produced by fertilized female flowers of this species. Eventually those strands turn duller, and in that stage they account for the common name of this vine, old man’s beard.
© 2016 Steven Schwartzman