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Loss

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When I got close to the intersection of Heatherwilde Blvd. and Wells Branch Parkway along the Pflugerville-Austin border on May 20, I was saddened to see that the inevitable had come to pass. The land on the northeast corner of that intersection, where I’d been photographing nature over the years since 1999, had become a construction zone. A visit to that site on May 13, 2013, produced the abstract Texas thistle photo you saw in these pages shortly afterwards. Here are four pictures of other things that were there on that day three years ago; all, and all their descendants, are gone from that place now. Requiescant in prato.

Annual Pennyroyal and Firewheels by Bluets 6139

Firewheels (Gaillardia pulchella), annual pennyroyal (Hedeoma acinoides), bluets (Hedyotis nigricans).

 

Texas Bindweed Flower by Firewheel 6110

Texas bindweed (Convolvulus equitans).

 

Metallic Beetle on Square-Bud Primrose Flower 6078

Metallic beetle on square-bud primrose (Calylophus berlandieri).

 

Firewheel Against Blue Sky 6164

A firewheel (Gallardia pulchella) as an emblem in its own right.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 22, 2016 at 5:15 AM

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