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Praise be to embankments

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Prairie Bishop's Weed Colony with Other Wildflowers on Embankment 3353

An embankment covered with wildflowers is a gift to a nature photographer, who can get low enough for the embankment to block unseemly things in the background. In this case you don’t see the traffic on the Capital of Texas Highway that runs across the top of the slope, nor do you see anything else distracting beyond that.

The date was May 5. The white flowers forming the prominent colony were prairie bishop’s weed, Bifora americana, which has had an excellent season and which you’ll see again more closely in an upcoming post. The yellow flowers along the ridge were Engelmann daisies, Engelmannia peristenia. Some greenthread, gaura, and Indian blanket also put in an appearance, as did the fleecy clouds.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 19, 2016 at 4:59 AM

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