Portraits of Wildflowers

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Another wildflower in winter

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Gulf vervain (Verbena xutha) west of Morado Circle on December 25, 2018.

© 2019 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 26, 2019 at 4:30 AM

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  1. what a joy it must be to discover these


    January 26, 2019 at 4:58 AM

  2. Such a lovely lavender blue.


    January 26, 2019 at 9:04 AM

  3. There’s a lot to enjoy in this photo: the color of the background, the “echo” of that second stalk, and the diagonal placement. So often vervains are shown vertically, and your unusual composition really increases the interest. I’ve found a couple of species of vervain right through December and January; they’re tougher than I realized.


    January 26, 2019 at 9:05 AM

    • You’ve used exactly the same word that had occurred to me: echo. I thought of putting it in my text but decided to wait and see if it came up in comments. You didn’t disappoint. As for a vertical vervain image, I hesitated between this picture and a tall, narrow one of a nearby stalk that also had flowers on it. While each has its advantages, I settled on this one because I find it better artistically, in large part due to the “echo” and the diagonality.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 26, 2019 at 11:09 AM

  4. Such a beautiful color! A nice find on a winter’s day.

    Lavinia Ross

    January 26, 2019 at 11:56 AM

    • A week or two later even more wildflowers made their appearance; I counted half a dozen species. Fewer are out now, at least in the places I’ve been, but it shouldn’t be long.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 26, 2019 at 1:37 PM

  5. I think I would do well in your climate in winter. I would love those flowers. In summer, not so much.


    January 26, 2019 at 9:29 PM

    • The may well be as many people who dislike the half-year of summer here as the half-year of winter in Montana.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 27, 2019 at 4:40 AM

  6. Very pretty!!


    January 27, 2019 at 5:59 PM

  7. I just enjoyed Linda’s Scarlet Pimpernel and now your Gulf Vervain. Spring inches closer here but still months away. Nice to see flowers from elsewhere.

    Steve Gingold

    February 2, 2019 at 6:37 PM

    • This flowering vervain was a carry-over from the fall. A couple of posts later I showed an anemone, which is one of the first flowers of the new year, beginning in January and continuing into “official” spring. Botanical spring begins early here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 2, 2019 at 10:54 PM

  8. Nice. Sandy setting?


    February 14, 2019 at 8:57 AM

    • No, not particularly sandy, but rather the limestone-underlain hilly terrain in my part of Austin.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 14, 2019 at 9:37 AM

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