Portraits of Wildflowers

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Wildflower displays move north

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Various posts here have made clear that by far the densest and most widespread wildflower displays I saw this season grew in an east-west swathe below San Antonio in March. As spring advanced northward, Austin got a few respectable displays too, even if not nearly so expansive. Above from April 8th in the northeast quadrant of Loop 360 and RM 2222 is one such wildflower display with greenthread (Thelesperma filifolium) as the predominant species. Below from the same place you’ll find some fresh Engelmann daisies (Engelmannia peristenia) in the foreground and various other wildflowers behind them.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 18, 2019 at 4:43 AM

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  1. Another feast for our eyes.

    melissabluefineart

    April 18, 2019 at 8:05 AM

  2. Between the various Coreopsis species and the greenthread, spring really can spread a wonderful carpet. I laughed at my first reading of your reference to the daisies: not Englemannia but ‘Englemania.’ That works, too. I love these spreads of mixed flowers. It’s great fun scanning the images for other species hidden among the primary flowers: bluebonnet, gaillardia, and Indian paintbrush are obvious, and I’m sure there are others.

    shoreacres

    April 18, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    • Your misreading of Engelmannia as Engelmania recalled the purposeful turning of Zexmenia into sex mania.

      You’ve correctly picked out bluebonnets, gaillardias, and Indian paintbrushes in these photos. There were also a few pink evening primroses, and probably some other things I’m forgetting.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 18, 2019 at 11:18 AM

  3. These two shots are particularly cheery. I drive a short route, under the overpass of 183/Mopac and while I haven’t stopped to see exactly what’s there, the area shares some of these same beauties. Oh, spring in Texas!

    Tina

    April 18, 2019 at 2:04 PM

  4. I just went to east Texas and was surprised that as we went further east the wildflowers were fewer when around the Houston area there are still lots.

    lulu

    April 18, 2019 at 7:56 PM

  5. You have certainly had a wonderful display of colors this year!

    montucky

    April 19, 2019 at 5:45 PM

    • Yes, we have. Austin still doesn’t compare to the region south of San Antonio that I posted about so many times, but let’s hope the best of this season here is yet to come.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 19, 2019 at 6:07 PM

  6. Such bounty. I think I’d miss a lot of work in the spring, and probably at other times as well, if we had these botanical riches around here. It’s a struggle going in when one knows that the brief flowering days for our local plants are speeding by. Those shots are filled with so much of nature’s beauty.

    Steve Gingold

    April 24, 2019 at 3:09 AM

    • If this kind of floral wealth led you to skip work you’d be committing mutiny for the bounty.

      In the past few days I’ve noticed that some of the embankments along Mopac, a nearby freeway, are looking particularly wildflowery. Guess I’d better go out and try doing something photographic before the grasses get too tall.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 24, 2019 at 6:37 AM

  7. Beautiful Steve … 🙂

    Julie@frogpondfarm

    April 24, 2019 at 3:03 PM


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