A January wildflower holdover
Greenthread (Thelesperma filifolium) is one of the most common wildflowers in Austin, and you can see at least some of these yellow daisies from the spring (when they often form large and dense colonies) until near the end of the year. The lack of a freeze so far this season meant that I kept seeing greenthread flowers in December and then January, primarily along the margins of expressways. Eve conjectured that the carbon dioxide from all the passing cars has acted as a tonic for these plants, which seems likely. What’s certain is that all those whizzing cars put a lot of noise in the ears of the photographer working not far away from them.
Today’s photograph is from January 12th at the edge of US 183 in northwest Austin.
© 2016 Steven Schwartzman