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Two Mexican plum flowers, twice

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In the last post you saw two kinds of buds on a Mexican plum tree, Prunus mexicana, along the northern stretch of Spicewood Springs Rd. on March 3rd. Now here are two portraits—quite different in approach, you’ll agree—each showing two flowers on those plum trees. Veritas in varietate (verity in variety), as the Romans might have said, if I hadn’t beat them to it two thousand years later.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 12, 2020 at 4:42 PM

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  1. Looks like we had the same motif today! 🙂


    March 12, 2020 at 4:45 PM

  2. Beautiful. You know me and black backgrounds.

    Michael Scandling

    March 12, 2020 at 5:13 PM

    • I’ve done more than the usual amount of very dark backgrounds in the past year. That’s why I balanced the second picture in this post with a lighter one.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 12, 2020 at 6:04 PM

  3. A beautiful visual reminder that our planet depends on the variety of its individual organisms including your magnificent plum flowers!

    Peter Klopp

    March 12, 2020 at 6:54 PM

    • Hail, plum flowers! I used to say that variety is the species of life (playing with the fact that spice and species are etymologically the same word.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 12, 2020 at 8:46 PM

  4. Both pictures are very beautiful. Though I think I like number two a little better.


    March 13, 2020 at 1:14 PM

    • Probably because the second picture is more abstract and “artsy.” I included the first image to better show the botany.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 13, 2020 at 1:19 PM

  5. They remind me of the apple blossoms I see here soon. Plum trees thrive here as well but I don’t find them often.

    Steve Gingold

    March 13, 2020 at 5:42 PM

    • Plums and apples are in the same botanical family, so that accounts for the resemblance you see. Blossoming Mexican plum trees in central Texas are a fairly common sight at this time of year.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 13, 2020 at 7:25 PM

  6. The first one is nice, but I love the second one. The low angle, array of anthers, and bright whites all hit the spot.


    March 13, 2020 at 7:29 PM

  7. Exquisite details~!

    Birder's Journey

    March 13, 2020 at 8:37 PM

  8. In the second photo, you have two buds accompanying the two flowers, and that second, tiny bud is a nice addition. I like both views of the anthers, too: against the petals in the first, and more sharply defined against the dark background in the second. I think this is one of our prettiest spring trees, and the details are exquisite.


    March 14, 2020 at 5:51 AM

    • That little bud’s another two, too, to top off the twosomes of blossoms.
      Agreed, this is among our prettiest spring trees. I’ll have what is many people’s favorite coming up soon.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 14, 2020 at 6:54 AM

  9. Beauties! 🙂


    March 14, 2020 at 3:32 PM

  10. Clever AND beautiful! 🙂


    March 20, 2020 at 8:30 PM

  11. Absolutely lovely, both of them. Good thing you thought of it second!


    April 5, 2020 at 7:16 AM

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