Perspectives on Nature Photography
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Barbara’s buttons: Marshallia caespitosa.
Place: Allen Park.
Date: May 11.
© 2016 Steven Schwartzman
Written by Steve Schwartzman
June 10, 2016 at 5:05 AM
Posted in nature photography
Tagged with abstract, Austin, flowers, nature, Texas, white, wildflowers
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What an appropriate post, since, as my grandma would say, I’ve been busting my buttons with delight all day. I’ve never seen such a spring. Given what I saw on the way to Kerrville — hillsides and roadsides covered with horsemint, gaillardia, Mexican hat, basketflowers, white poppies, greenthread, mountain pinks, century plants, thistle — we’re in for quite a time over the next two days. I even saw late-blooming opuntia on the landscaped cuts along Anderson Loop (1604) in San Antonio. I would have looked more closely at some areas, but at 65 mph I didn’t want to risk having “She Died Looking at Flowers” as my epitaph.
June 10, 2016 at 4:14 PM
I’m so glad you got to see the bounteous floral spring central Texas is having (and didn’t meet a sudden end in the process). You’ll have seen at least one this year that I’ll probably miss: mountain pinks. As you know, I’m compensating with other species from northern Illinois that are new to me, some of which will eventually show up in these pages.
June 10, 2016 at 10:33 PM
As for these buttons, they were a bit busted by heavy rain and therefore didn’t have their usual rounded symmetry. I liked their unkemptness.
June 10, 2016 at 10:36 PM
I see that the USDA lists them as “Puffballs” so I guess the “busted by heavy rain” description is why they are not puffball-like. Before these, the only puffballs I have seen are fungi.
June 12, 2016 at 3:34 PM
Here’s a more orderly “button” I showed in 2014:
I know that some sources refer to these as puffballs, but I haven’t heard anyone in Austin call them that.
June 12, 2016 at 8:25 PM
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