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One last thing

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Purple Prairie Larkspur Flowers 2454

One last thing worth showing from the Copperfield Nature Trail on April 30 is this prairie larkspur, Delphinium carolinianum ssp. vimineum. I found its purple to be particularly rich, probably the most vivid I’d ever seen in a larkspur, and it stood out all the more against the chartreuse of the foliage beyond it.

Last month you saw a mostly white version of this wildflower.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 25, 2016 at 5:01 AM

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  1. Such intense color!


    May 25, 2016 at 5:04 AM

  2. A stand out indeed.


    May 25, 2016 at 6:13 AM

  3. What a beautiful shot!

    Marcia Levy

    May 25, 2016 at 8:25 AM

  4. Stunningly purple.
    Thanks, Steve, for the excellent tour of the blackland prairie (800 S Heatherwilde Blvd. Pflugerville, Tx 78660) last Sunday. Everyone should come see this amazing tract of land before the new high school goes in.

    David Moll

    May 25, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    • I’m sorry we didn’t see one of these on that piece of prairie, but there were plenty of other wildflower wonders. I went back yesterday morning and took another round of pictures, something the breeze made more difficult than when I first worked there last Friday. In particular, I photographed a few of the milkweed pods we saw on Sunday.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 25, 2016 at 8:45 AM

  5. Nicely done Steve…love that color!!!


    May 25, 2016 at 12:09 PM

  6. The colour is stunning.


    May 25, 2016 at 2:14 PM

  7. Wonderful deep hue. The flowers look like birds.

    Steve Gingold

    May 25, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    • I agree with hue. Your suggestion of a resemblance to birds is backed up by the “lark” in “larkspur.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 25, 2016 at 3:07 PM

  8. It is indeed a beautiful colour, lovely shot.


    May 25, 2016 at 5:49 PM

  9. The colors — both the chartreuse and the purple — are just remarkable. What’s intriguing is that I came across some dayflowers (Commelina erecta) on Sunday that were bluer than I’ve ever seen. They had that same deeply-saturated color. You mentioned the prolific late spring — I wonder if the rain, warmth, and other variables have combined to intensity color in some plants.


    May 25, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    • I’ll take remarkable. Thanks.

      I’ve also recently noticed some pretty richly blue dayflowers. I assume different species react in different ways to abundant rain and other stimuli. If rain is what caused the rich blue of the dayflowers and the purple of the larkspur, it hasn’t apparently had the same sort of effect on other kinds of wildflowers that I’ve seen this season. In horsemints, for example, I’ve seen the typical range from pale to moderate to (in a few cases) vivid.

      I’m just happy to photograph all those things, however little I understand them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 25, 2016 at 10:24 PM

  10. Steve that is beautiful .. That purple is nearly edible 😄 my fav colour


    May 27, 2016 at 1:43 AM

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