Portraits of Wildflowers

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Turk’s cap in our yard

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Turk's Cap Flower and Leaf 1562

We have a few Turk’s cap plants (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii) in our front yard, including the one that displayed this flower and others on May 31.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 26, 2016 at 4:58 AM

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  1. You can really see the beauty and texture here, Steve.

    elmdriveimages

    June 26, 2016 at 5:17 AM

  2. That’s a vivid red.

    Jim Ruebush

    June 26, 2016 at 6:45 AM

    • This species grows primarily in shaded places, so a wanderer in the woods here at this time of year often sees small but bright daubs of red among the predominant green of the foliage.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 26, 2016 at 6:55 AM

  3. Such clear, pure colors: both the red and the green. You’ve captured the nice, firm feel of the petals, too. I like that you included the details in the upper right. I can’t quite decide if it’s a bud coming or a flower gone, but it’s a nice counterpoint to the bloom, which soon will be gone.

    it always surprises me how first sightings stay in mind. I recognized my first Turk’s cap at the Audubon information center in High Island. Now, I see them often. In fact, there are some in front of Lindheimer’s cottage in New Braunfels.

    shoreacres

    June 26, 2016 at 6:56 AM

    • In Austin these flowers don’t normally appear till late spring, but then you can usually find at least some all through the summer and well into the fall. They’re especially welcome in our hottest months; when so much else seems wilted and faded from the heat, Turk’s cap flowers keep right on with their rich red.

      I take the structure in the upper right to be the prelude to a flower but I don’t know if I’m correct.

      I remember a lot of my first sightings of species, too. In some cases I knew nothing about the plant before coming across it. In other cases I’d seen the species in a book (usually Marshall Enquist’s) and wondered when I would finally encounter it in the wild. One vividly colored wildflower in that second group is eryngo, which is due on the scene soon. I remember finding my first one near Lake Georgetown.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 26, 2016 at 7:17 AM

      • Now that I’ve finally seen liatris in bloom, I’ve got my fingers crossed for eryngo. It’s on the plant list for Nash prairie, so the odds ought to be in my favor.

        shoreacres

        June 26, 2016 at 7:21 AM

        • I can’t help imagining you rambling over to that prairie in an old Nash. Maybe you’ll even encounter Ringo Starr there.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 26, 2016 at 7:29 AM

          • I wouldn’t mind that sort of encounter. I’m still not quite over encountering a K-9 unit and several squad cars at my favorite local nature center last Saturday when I went over for my morning stroll. A woman jogger had been assaulted on the path and was badly enough hurt to be taken away by ambulance. I suppose it’s the downside of isolated, heavily wooded urban areas — they’re isolated, and heavily wooded. A friend asked what defensive measures I was going to take. I said I was going to stick with my point-and-shoot for the time being. No one’s getting my good Canon. 🙂

            shoreacres

            June 26, 2016 at 7:43 AM

            • I’m sorry to hear about that. Maybe you should carry Mace or pepper spray (if you don’t already).

              Steve Schwartzman

              June 26, 2016 at 7:49 AM

  4. That is a nice color~it looks just as you and Linda described it.

    melissabluefineart

    June 26, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    • And they’re still blooming in our front yard. The local branch of Wells Fargo has a bunch of these as well.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 26, 2016 at 9:58 AM

  5. A fantastic shot (again), Steve! Have a wonderful Sunday,
    Pit

    Pit

    June 26, 2016 at 8:35 AM

  6. Such a brilliant red ..

    Julie@frogpondfarm

    June 26, 2016 at 2:09 PM

  7. These are beautiful – sort of looks related to the hibuscus

    norasphotos4u

    June 26, 2016 at 6:46 PM

  8. Another case of pareidolia…this time on Mars. 🙂
    http://www.m2now.co.nz/4-conspiracy-theorists-think-nasa-hiding-city-mars/

    Jim Ruebush

    June 27, 2016 at 7:19 AM

  9. These are lovely flowers. At least the ones in your yard are safe from development.

    Steve Gingold

    June 28, 2016 at 4:26 AM

    • Fortunately these shade-preferring plants are pretty common in the woods here, including in nearby Great Hills Park and various nature preserves.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 28, 2016 at 4:38 AM

  10. Well, that just decided what I’m going to do today. The paints have got to come out. Now the only question is: watercolor? Oil? Acrylic?

    Judy

    June 28, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    • Happy painting. I never have to choose among media, only among lenses, and I often use several on the same outing.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 28, 2016 at 8:21 AM


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