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A flash of gold

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As we began our great Southwest trip on October 16th we noticed the many goldeneye bushes (Viguiera dentata) flowering along US 290 on the western side of Austin. No time to stop then, as we’d barely started on the 550 miles to El Paso, but nine days earlier I’d photographed some goldeneye flowers in my neighborhood. To get the picture shown here, I’d lain down and aimed up toward a flower head isolated against a patch of sky. There wasn’t a lot of light on the underside of the goldeneye bush so I added flash; the result was a bright flower head with a rich dark blue background around it. If you’d like a reminder of how yellowfully expansive a goldeneye colony can be, have a look back at a post from 2013.

As for the trip: I’ve spent a good part of the last few days sorting through thousands of pictures and haven’t finished organizing them yet, but the first of those photographs will put in an appearance next time. Woo hoo West!

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 18, 2016 at 5:06 AM

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