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A colorful autumn scene on the Blackland Prairie

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West side of Grand Avenue Parkway north of Royston Ln. on October 12.

Fluffy white: poverty weed, Baccharis neglecta.

Nearer yellow: goldenrod, Solidago spp.

Farther yellow: Maximilian sunflowers, Helianthus maximiliani.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 17, 2017 at 4:53 AM

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  1. Lovely goldenrods!!


    November 17, 2017 at 4:56 AM

    • Goldenrods are common in many parts of the United States in the autumn. They’re a floral highlight of the season.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 17, 2017 at 6:54 AM

  2. Thick stands of goldenrod show its best visual aspects.


    November 17, 2017 at 6:08 AM

    • As someone from the Northeast, you would know. After learning about native plants in Texas, I was surprised on an autumn trip back to the Northeast at how much goldenrod I saw in Pennsylvania and New York.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 17, 2017 at 6:59 AM

  3. What’s that old saying — something like, “White and yellow, please a fellow”?

    It tickled me to see another typical autumn color sneaking in from the right. I can’t decide what the bits of purple might be: some lingering liatris, perhaps?


    November 17, 2017 at 6:47 AM

    • After our busy wanderings for three weeks in Canada, I didn’t go out photographing much in Austin in September or October. The consequence is that I almost entirely missed Liatris here this year. The purple that you perceptively caught sight of in the the photograph, and that similarly caught my attention even from far away as I walked into this field, turned out to be ironweed. It must have been Vernonia baldwinii, even though the plants’ leaves struck me as unusually wide.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 17, 2017 at 7:11 AM

      • I was just going to ask if that purple at mid right was ironweed. We have quite a bit of it around here in North Alabama, but not a speck in my yard. I’ll have to keep trying.


        November 18, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    • By the way, to please this fellow just give him yellow. Any other colors, while welcome, aren’t required.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 17, 2017 at 7:42 AM

      • Well, then: we’ll have to just edit the verse. How about, “Hello, yellow; you’ve pleased a fellow”?


        November 17, 2017 at 7:43 AM

        • “Hello, yellow” comes close to the “mellow yellow” that Donovan popularized in the late 1960s.

          Steve Schwartzman

          November 17, 2017 at 8:08 AM

  4. I was just thinking that all it needed was a little dash of purple, and then Linda spotted some 🙂


    November 17, 2017 at 7:07 AM

    • You two must share some purple genes. The purple in this case came from ironweed, a genus whose flowers I’ve often had a hard time photographing.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 17, 2017 at 7:30 AM

      • Yes, they are numerous and the color is very saturated. I’ve had dealings with them, too. I love them and would like to have them in my garden although they are a bit boisterous.


        November 19, 2017 at 9:26 AM

  5. […] you have two closer looks than last time at Baccharis neglecta, a shrub or slender tree known as poverty weed, which in the fall produces no […]

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