Portraits of Wildflowers

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A pretty yellow

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A few prickly pear cacti (Opuntia engelmannii) were still putting out flowers in June.
I’d made this bold portrait of one in Allen Park on May 15th.


Four days ago I saw a car with the custom license plate MRSCORN.
Was that Mrs. Corn or was it Mr. Scorn?
Or was it both, with the Mr. scorning the Mrs.?

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 21, 2021 at 4:33 AM

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  1. That *is* a pretty yellow, and a form not to scorn.

    Ms. Liz

    June 21, 2021 at 4:45 AM

  2. The prickly pear cactus has a beautiful flower. You published this impressive photo very early this morning making me wonder if you are a night owl or an extremely early riser.

    Peter Klopp

    June 21, 2021 at 8:29 AM

    • Actually between 4 AM and 5 AM is when almost all my posts have gotten published. I schedule them, usually days in advance, so I don’t have to be awake then, though often I am.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 21, 2021 at 9:15 AM

      • Aha! That explains the very early publication times.

        Peter Klopp

        June 22, 2021 at 8:18 AM

        • When posts of mine have occasionally gone out a few hours later, fewer people seem to see them. I don’t know why that should be, but I have noticed it.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 22, 2021 at 8:24 AM

  3. I’d go with Mrs. Corn. More positive. I almost bought an Opuntia or two for the yard from Nasami Farm, one of the New England Wildflower Society aka Native Plant Trust, garden shops. They sell it as O.spp so no idea the species. I don’t think our yard is the right place and it would grow too large for a houseplant.

    Steve Gingold

    June 21, 2021 at 8:31 AM

    • The car was parked. If a person had been in it I’d have asked for an interpretation.
      You’re right that Opuntia species can grow quite large.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 21, 2021 at 9:19 AM

  4. Isn’t Mr. and Mrs. Corn a chuck wagon in San Antonio?


    June 21, 2021 at 5:28 PM

  5. 😂


    June 22, 2021 at 6:42 PM

  6. The construction zone prickly pears have faded now, so this is a delight. I presume the reddish hues are from fading flowers. The blue-green color of the receptacles and pads is an unusual and pleasing complement.


    June 23, 2021 at 6:36 AM

    • The prickly pear flowers here have also disappeared as we got further into June. There are plenty of species I’ve observed blooming outside their accustomed time but prickly pears have never been among them. And yes, the reddish hues came from wilting flowers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 23, 2021 at 8:19 AM

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