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Tapestries of yellow

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In a comment this morning about the picture of a dense partridge pea colony, MelissaBlueFineArt spoke of “whole tapestries of yellow, shimmering from lemon yellow to old gold.” Normally the flowers of partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata) are of a yellow that leans toward orange, but in the colony that I photographed on September 7th along Central Commerce Dr. in Pflugerville I was quickly drawn to a very few plants with flowers of an unusually pale yellow that I don’t recall ever seeing in this species anywhere else.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 18, 2016 at 8:43 AM

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  1. Wonderful! I really like the colours and different forms which make the eye rove up and down this marvellous plant.

    Pete Hillman

    September 18, 2016 at 10:08 AM

  2. I love the 3D effect.


    September 18, 2016 at 10:29 AM

  3. Steve: Really neat color varieties. Fine capture!


    September 18, 2016 at 4:42 PM

  4. Pretty great~two strands of our tapestry in one plant 🙂


    September 18, 2016 at 5:17 PM

  5. The petals are a perfect watercolor pastel, but I’m also fascinated by the leaves, so reminiscent of mimosa.


    September 18, 2016 at 8:38 PM

  6. The maroon and dark green accents really do complement that unusual yellow. It’s a striking image.


    September 18, 2016 at 8:59 PM

  7. Super! Love the brilliant yellow in the background .. Nearly as good as the delicate yellow in front 😃


    September 19, 2016 at 4:48 AM

    • I like the sound and rhythm of “the brilliant yellow in the background.” Yes, the foreground yellow really is “delicate” for this species.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 19, 2016 at 6:27 AM

  8. These are unusual, Steve. Is there a tractor in their future, and if so, are you spreading the seeds to ensure their survival?

    On its own the creamy yellow of this sport is unremarkable but the contrast of their mahogany throat really makes them amazing.


    September 19, 2016 at 5:55 AM

    • I hope there’s not a tractor in their future, Lynda, as you put it. I hadn’t thought of marking the plants and returning for seeds, but it’s a good idea.

      I thought you might be the first person to use the word “mahogany” in a comment on this blog, but I didn’t remember the two prior comments containing it. One used it as the name of a color, the way you did.

      Partridge pea has been confirmed in some counties in Alabama:


      Steve Schwartzman

      September 19, 2016 at 6:36 AM

      • Yes, I have seen it often though not by our home. I never knew what it was, but appreciated its color on the roadside and in fallow fields. Never, ever looked close enough to appreciate that mahogany until your photograph. Thanks, Steve.


        September 19, 2016 at 8:58 AM

  9. “Tapestries” definitely captures the feel of this photograph. The blurred darker yellow flowers make the perfect backdrop for the pale beauties on display.

    Susan Scheid

    September 23, 2016 at 3:29 PM

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