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Thankfully some Maximilian sunflowers are still flowering

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“Linger,” said the warm weather to the Maximilian sunflowers, and they listened. You’re looking at Helianthus maximiliani along Impact Way in Pflugerville on November 20th.

A happy dose of sunshiny yellow to you all.

© 2020 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 26, 2020 at 4:45 AM

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  1. There’s a lot of sun coming from those flowers.

    Steve Gingold

    November 26, 2020 at 5:12 AM

  2. Now I can say, “I’d recognize that sunflower anywhere!” I smiled at the shy one in the first photo, and really like the way the last shows the texture of the leaves. My favorite’s the bud, leaf, and stem, because of the unusual perspective.


    November 26, 2020 at 7:28 AM

    • And I’m glad you can finally say what was a long time coming. I anticipated that you might find the first flower head shy; it’s common in this species for them to open asymmetrically. From the dimensions of the second image you can tell that I cropped it from a larger picture, and I did so in a way I don’t remember doing before. There’s always the quest for uniqueness, right? As for the third, I also don’t remember previous pictures in which the rays one one flower head interweave with those of another. These three pictures are six days old but some Maximilian sunflowers are still flowering, thanks to the unseasonably mild weather.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 26, 2020 at 7:42 AM

      • From what I’ve heard, our unseasonably mild weather’s going to come to an abrupt, if temporary, end with the next front. It’s going to be a good day here to be out and about, and I’m going to take advantage of the opportunity.


        November 26, 2020 at 7:45 AM

  3. This is a nice Thanksgiving celebration of the Maximilian sunflower! We still see a few late bloomers here too, but I think today is the last of our warmer weather. I thought of you yesterday as we worked our way to the west end of the orchard, clearing the impassable trails thanks to the ice storm. I think you would love the wild grasses along the Washita river bottom. The colors of grasses and wild flowers in their dried condition can be spectacular.


    November 26, 2020 at 7:56 AM

    • You’ll get no argument from me about those last two sentences. Yesterday at the edge of a lake whose water level has dropped because of little recent rain, we came across a good colony of marsh fleabane in that fuzzy state and I took a bunch of pictures of it. I’m happy to hear you, too, still have some cheery Maximilian sunflowers, even if only for one more day. The forecast here for Friday and Saturday also predicts dropping temperature and the likelihood of rain, which we could certainly use. Happy Thanksgiving.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 26, 2020 at 8:44 AM

  4. Not a mal-lingerer, ¡Qué bueno! a nice sunny one. So wishing you Buena Salud & Felicidad for Thanksgiving.

    Robert Parker

    November 26, 2020 at 7:59 AM

    • Muchas gracias, hombre, e igualmente. Too bad that Spanish says it in such a clunky way: “¡Feliz día de Acción de Gracias!”

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 26, 2020 at 8:50 AM

      • I guess the U.S. holiday is now being observed by some folks in Mexico, but still not as big a deal as Revolution Day. And I agree, kind of a clunky phrase, maybe “Día de los Pavos” or “Dia de Agradecimiento” And we should include sunflower seeds in our meal, another tasty gift from Mexico!

        Robert Parker

        November 26, 2020 at 9:09 AM

        • The acción in the standard (and long) Spanish rendition and the equivalent action in French jour d’action de grâce refer to a religious act. In a secular take on the day, your Día de Agradecimiento would work well. As far as sunflowers, they’re apparently native in much of what is now the United States, as well as parts of Mexico:


          Steve Schwartzman

          November 26, 2020 at 9:45 AM

    • By the way, French malingre, which originally meant ‘sickly’ and is the source of malinger, is of uncertain origin. People assume that the first part really is the word mal but apparently no certain evidence for that has turned up. In any case, English allows for the play on words with linger that you took advantage of.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 26, 2020 at 9:21 AM

  5. There is so much beauty all around us just as your photos have shown today. The eyes of a thankful heart will find it in the most unlikely places. Happy Thanksgiving Day, Steve!

    Peter Klopp

    November 26, 2020 at 8:14 AM

    • And the same to you—belatedly, given that Canada’s Thanksgiving Day was six weeks ago. I like your statement that “The eyes of a thankful heart will find it in the most unlikely places.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 26, 2020 at 8:53 AM

  6. Hooray for Max! Your images are impactful, your post lyrical.


    November 26, 2020 at 8:28 AM

  7. It is nice to see them in late autumn! What a beautiful gold.

    Lavinia Ross

    November 26, 2020 at 11:23 AM

  8. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and can linger long over a delicious Thanksgiving meal.


    November 26, 2020 at 10:56 PM

    • Thanks. This was the first Thanksgiving in decades that we didn’t share with friends. What we ate was indeed yummy, thanks to the chef at Eve’s Restaurant.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 27, 2020 at 6:58 AM

  9. Beautiful pops of yellow … the aster family are a favourite


    November 29, 2020 at 12:23 PM

  10. Kansas State Flower!


    December 5, 2020 at 5:33 PM

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