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Two closer looks at Texas dandelions

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The previous post showed you a happy colony of Texas dandelions, Pyrrhopappus pauciflorus. Above is a closer look at a single flower head of one that I found growing by a colony of bluebonnets along Sam Bass Rd. in Round Rock on April 8th. Below from the same location is a Texas dandelion that had already gone to seed and formed the familiar puffball.

© 2018 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 27, 2018 at 4:55 AM

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  1. beautiful beautiful and beautiful pictures

    baadal_hillboy_explores

    April 27, 2018 at 5:46 AM

  2. That’s an exquisite photo of the gone-to-seed dandelion. The background looks like a painting, with just enough variation in the blues to make the background equal to the seedhead.

    Was it windy that day, or were the anthers just inclined to bend? I think they’re so attractive (along with their tubes) but I don’t remember seeing any that looked so wind-blown.

    shoreacres

    April 27, 2018 at 8:02 AM

    • I think there was a bit of breeze that day, but I don’t remember there being as much as on practically all of my other recent outings. But wait, I just checked my archive and found that I took some pictures at a speed of 1/640 of a second, faster than the 1/400 that is my default with the macro lens, so maybe there was more breeze at the time than I remember now.

      The second picture was a tradeoff. I’d have liked more than the center of the puffball to be sharp, but then the background wouldn’t have been as soft and, as you put it, like a painting.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 27, 2018 at 8:34 AM

  3. We have a pasture of gone-to-seed dandelion heads! First there was the brilliant sea of yellow, and now these fuzzy heads. With this comes the bees and butterflies, and all sorts of wild things that nibble on them. People should never try to kill out these beauties.

    Littlesundog

    April 27, 2018 at 8:34 AM

    • On Long Island, where I grew up, dandelions were the bane of people’s lawns (for people who strove for “perfect” lawns). For us kids, of course, it was fun to blow on the puffballs and scatter the seeds. Only decades later did I learn that the common dandelion is an invader from Eurasia. It’s great to see that Texas and other places have their native counterparts. Of course Eurasian dandelions thrive here too, as they seem to everywhere. Do you know which kind(s) you have on your property?

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 27, 2018 at 8:46 AM

      • Ours is the common dandelion, but I wonder if I might notice other kind in this area of the state. Wildflowers are abundant this time of year, and it might be a good time to photograph and then research what we have here! Like I have a lot of time for that!! Ha ha!

        Littlesundog

        April 27, 2018 at 9:39 PM

  4. I agree, the photo of the seedhead is really a beauty.

    melissabluefineart

    April 27, 2018 at 8:45 AM

  5. Very nice! They are indeed beautiful flowers despite their somewhat “shady” reputation as weeds.

    montucky

    April 27, 2018 at 8:57 AM

    • I’ll be a native partisan and claim that only the invasive Eurasian dandelion has the reputation of being a weed. (Oh, if only that were so!)

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 27, 2018 at 9:40 AM

  6. Excellent Steve!

    Maria

    April 27, 2018 at 11:42 AM

  7. Wow! Texas Dandelions are much nicer than Dandelions here in NJ! Very nice image! Just wondering, do you use Photoshop?

    Reed Andariese

    April 27, 2018 at 5:31 PM

    • I grew up on Long Island with the same alien dandelions you have in New Jersey. It was good to discover after living in Texas for more than two decades that there are native dandelion-like species here. I see that the similar Pyrrhopappus carolinianus is found in some parts of New Jersey:

      http://bonap.net/Napa/TaxonMaps/Genus/County/Pyrrhopappus

      Yes, I do use Photoshop, along with Adobe Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 27, 2018 at 5:42 PM

      • By the way, I just checked and found there’s a Native Plant Society of New Jersey:

        http://www.npsnj.org/

        Perhaps somebody there could point you to a place near you where Pyrrhopappus carolinianus grows.

        Steve Schwartzman

        April 27, 2018 at 5:45 PM

  8. It looks more like chicory than dandelion.

    tonytomeo

    April 28, 2018 at 2:53 PM

  9. Beautiful Steve … the last is special

    Julie@frogpondfarm

    May 2, 2018 at 12:54 AM

    • Glad you like it. It’s different from any previous portrait I remember taking of a Texas dandelion seed head.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 2, 2018 at 7:12 AM


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