Portraits of Wildflowers

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Snow on bare stalks: horizontal and vertical formats

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Back to the January 10th snowfall in the northeast quadrant of Mopac and US 183.
The stalks below were Maximilian sunflowers, Helianthus maximiliani.

© 2021 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 23, 2021 at 4:36 AM

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  1. The Maximilian sunflowers look as if they’re having back issues – bent over from the weight of the snow. I am glad your snow was a nice wet one where the flakes clung to plants and landscape. You found a lovely canvas to work with.


    January 23, 2021 at 8:15 AM

    • I think the only back problem is that I’ll never have the chance to go back to that area and see it so snow-covered again. The snow was very wet but a little more so than I would have liked, because with the temperature right at or barely above freezing, some of the snow was turning to liquid.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 23, 2021 at 8:26 AM

    • I just noticed that the first word in my text was “back.” Might that subliminally have suggested the back problems you imagined?

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 23, 2021 at 8:29 AM

  2. The snow clinging to the vertical stalks and falling off in clumps here and there suggests how wet it was, and how melty. It’s fun to imagine how many little critters are hidden away beneath those snowy stalks. Perhaps they were as surprised by the snow as we humans were.


    January 23, 2021 at 8:57 AM

    • One effect of the melty snow was that after the first two hours I went home and put my soaked jacket and gloves in the dryer before heading out a little later for another round of winter wandering. Speaking of critters, I don’t recall seeing a single one during my five hours out in the snow.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 23, 2021 at 9:27 AM

      • One of the most vivid sensory memories of my grade school years is the smell of snowy, wet wool mittens drying on the classroom radiators. No dryers in those days.


        January 23, 2021 at 9:32 AM

        • I suspect those mittens were wetter than they needed to be, thanks to the irresistible call of snowballs and maybe also snow men and snow forts. My suburban schools also had radiators, though I can’t remember ever drying anything on one.

          Steve Schwartzman

          January 23, 2021 at 9:44 AM

  3. Off topic: It was great having talked to you, Steven. I hope I didn’t bother you. I have no idea how you ended up in my cell phone directory. But then: I did enjoy our talk. Thanks for the info about Covid vaccinations here at the coast. Unfortunatly, all appointments were already signed up for. We’ll wait and periodically check – here as well as in Fredericksburg.
    Take care, and stay healthy,


    January 23, 2021 at 11:17 AM

    • No bother at all, just a pleasant encounter. I’m sorry but not surprised that the limited vaccine supply in Aransas got claimed before you could sign up.

      Eve reminded me that I called you several years ago from Enchanted Rock, hoping to get together. That could be how my cell phone number found its way to your directory.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 23, 2021 at 12:37 PM

      • Now I remember: it was that time when we had planned to meet at that time. That’s how your cell phone number got into my contacts.
        Have a wonderful Sunday,


        January 24, 2021 at 8:24 AM

  4. I enjoyed those beautiful winter compositions, Steve. It’s been a rough day here. The oldest cat suddenly died in his sleep, curled up in his cardboard box hangout. I found him after lunch, buried him this afternoon. No joy here tonight.

    Lavinia Ross

    January 23, 2021 at 6:49 PM

    • Oh, I’m sorry to hear about your sad day, Lavinia, knowing how attached to your cats you are.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 23, 2021 at 7:42 PM

  5. The first looks Pollackian.

    Steve Gingold

    January 24, 2021 at 4:31 AM

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