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Anemone seeds

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Behold a ten-petal anemone (Anemone decapetala) that was already dispersing its seeds on April 5th. The color in the background came from bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) that were also growing in the median on Morado Circle. Those bluebonnets stayed fresh for about three weeks but are now following the anemone’s lead from back then.

While I was in the median, I noticed that a couple of rain-lilies, Cooperia pedunculata, had somehow crossed each other. One of them had even snagged a couple of wind-borne anemone seeds and their attached fluff.

© 2018 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 25, 2018 at 4:39 AM

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  1. I love to learn something new in this sophisticated manner, Steve. Beautiful captures too. 👍🏻


    April 25, 2018 at 4:44 AM

    • For me, learning has always been one of the great joys in life. I guess that’s why I ended up becoming a teacher. Around the same time, photography captured my interest as well. I’m happy sharing knowledge and pictures here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 25, 2018 at 6:12 AM

  2. The rain-lilies make a charming picture. “Star-crossed” is always a tragic thing in literature, but these two look pretty happy. Upon seeing those anemone seeds, I had an impulse to grab comb & brush and look for my dog, he was always a walking seed collection after a walk.

    Robert Parker

    April 25, 2018 at 8:30 AM

    • You might say that all rain-lilies are star-crossed, whether they’re stalk-crossed or not, given that they last only a few days.

      I’ve sometimes come back from a nature walk as more of a seed collector than I would like, given the way some seeds cling to socks and pants. The seeds of certain alien species are unfortunately the worst.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 25, 2018 at 8:52 AM

      • Yeah, I’ve looked at the really tough burrs, etc. under a magnifying glass, and they put velcro to shame.

        Robert Parker

        April 25, 2018 at 9:12 AM

        • You may be aware that the creator of Velcro was inspired by burdock seeds:


          Steve Schwartzman

          April 25, 2018 at 9:35 AM

          • This whole area of “biomimicry” is pretty neat. And it’s a lesson in humility sometimes, when our scientists and laboratories struggle to equal something like spider silk, or the tenaciousness of a burdock

            Robert Parker

            April 25, 2018 at 10:40 AM

            • Yeah, we might as well take advantage of mechanisms and structures that have evolved over eons. Why reinvent the wheel when you can roll with the existing one?

              Steve Schwartzman

              April 25, 2018 at 11:04 AM

  3. Great pictures, Steve. I can’t decide, which I like better. With the rain lilies, I like the composition – the two flowers crossing. With the anemone I like the background – the blurry colours.
    Have a wonderful day,


    April 25, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    • You’ve given good reasons for liking both. No need to choose. In close-ups I often look for a large separation between my subject and the things beyond it so that the background comes out soft and doesn’t detract from the subject.

      Over the years, I’ve occasionally found crossing rain-lilies. They’re not common but I wouldn’t call them really rare, either.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 25, 2018 at 9:32 AM

      • That’s what I try for in close-ups, too: getting the background blurry.


        April 25, 2018 at 9:37 AM

  4. Serenely lovely!


    April 25, 2018 at 4:47 PM

  5. I still remember the first anemones I found. They’d lost their petals, but hadn’t yet begun to go to seed, and for quite some time I assumed they were some form of plantain. Eventually I found one that looked more like this — and then one of your photos — and the mystery was solved.

    Last weekend, I found a prickly pear covered with blooms, and it already had produced one deep purple tuna. It feels like the seasons are moving far too quickly. While I photographed the cactus, I also was enjoying some of the sweetest dewberries I’ve ever had.


    April 27, 2018 at 7:43 AM

    • Wow, a tuna in April. Time really does seem to be getting out of joint. (No sooner had I written that than it occurred to me that people refer prickly pear pads as joints.) It’s good to hear your dewberries have continued apace and you’re now sweetening your paces in nature.

      As for the anemone, I understand how you might take a petal-less one to be some type of plantain. That’s where experience comes in handy. It’s also a rationale for creating a resource that would show each species in all its stages and variations. That’d be some huge resource, even for a local set of plants.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 27, 2018 at 8:22 AM

  6. Super images Steve .. 🙂


    April 29, 2018 at 12:16 AM

  7. […] already seen how on April 5th the median in Morado Circle played host to rain-lilies and anemones, wild garlic and four-nerve daisies, and a white bluebonnet. Also growing there was Asclepias […]

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