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Bluebonnet pod forming

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Soft hairs cover the seed pods of bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis), as you see in this pod that’s still forming.
I lucked out in getting one of the palmate leaves to serve as a pleasantly unfocused background
in this March 18th portrait from the embankment of Mopac at Braker Lane.

© 2020 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 24, 2020 at 4:49 PM

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  1. This reminds me so much of a snake’s tongue! Once I had that thought, I can’t stop seeing it!


    March 24, 2020 at 5:03 PM

  2. Wonderful in its delicacy.

    Michael Scandling

    March 24, 2020 at 5:03 PM

  3. I see the same as Gary. Snaky. It’s a nice fuzzy promise for what’s to come. And a bonus that you got a bluebonnet leaf for the background.

    Steve Gingold

    March 24, 2020 at 6:24 PM

    • You guys must be members of the Serpent Brotherhood.
      I was fortunate in managing to include the leaf in the background.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 24, 2020 at 6:31 PM

  4. I first thought of a willow catkin, until I looked more closely. The combination with the leaves in the background is super.


    March 24, 2020 at 9:22 PM

    • Yes, I could easily join you in seeing a pussy willow. The palmate leaf in the background made for a nice abstraction, which I always welcome.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 24, 2020 at 10:19 PM

  5. Yep, I second the willow catkin, wearing a bit of blue to make it blue willow ware.

    Robert Parker

    March 24, 2020 at 9:59 PM

  6. At first when I saw this I thought it was a little mouse in the flower. Turns out that’s just the flower.


    March 25, 2020 at 5:44 AM

  7. Light green over dark green, a most delicate composition, Steve!

    Peter Klopp

    March 25, 2020 at 8:29 AM

  8. Interesting, and the leaf in the background is the icing on the cake.


    March 29, 2020 at 4:18 PM

    • Icing on the cake, yes. Your confectionary metaphor made think that even though bluebonnets aren’t edible the way some other legumes are, we can imagine bluebonnet edamame.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 29, 2020 at 5:45 PM

  9. This is awesome! I’m doing a bluebonnet spread in my nature journal, with possible IG posting. May I draw this with your permission ( I will be sure to give you photo cred?) If yes, so you have an IG Acct I can reference?

    Wei-Li Huang

    March 29, 2021 at 11:09 AM

    • Thanks for asking. You’re welcome to draw this. I do have an Instagram login but have never posted anything there. You can kink to this page. I’ll be curious to compare your drawing, so please send me a link to it when you post it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 29, 2021 at 9:14 PM

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