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Prairie parsley seeds by purple bindweed flowers

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From August 22nd in the northeast quadrant of Mopac and US 183 comes a portrait of prairie parsley seeds (Polytaenia sp.) in front of several purple bindweed flowers (Ipomoea cordatotriloba). I don’t remember taking a picture like this one before, so here’s to novelty. Pitchforks, anyone?

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Another Recent Case of Media Censorship
(I could probably post a new example every day.)

Facebook Suspends Instagram Account of Gold Star Mother Who Criticized Biden.

Facebook’s later admission that the account was “incorrectly deleted” is technically true but doesn’t
change the fact that once again an employee or a politically biased algorithm did delete an account.

© 2021 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 2, 2021 at 4:35 AM

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  1. Having that little something extra in the background adds a lot of appeal.

    Steve Gingold

    September 2, 2021 at 6:45 AM

    • Yes, that’s been a pretty standard approach of mine over the past two decades. I can’t remember what first made me realize the effectiveness of playing a subject off against a contrasting color in the background.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 2, 2021 at 7:10 AM

  2. You captured the prairie parsley seeds with a distinct 3D effect.

    Peter Klopp

    September 2, 2021 at 9:04 AM

  3. Just like pitchforks. I have been banned by Instagram a couple of times.


    September 2, 2021 at 9:53 AM

    • What were you banned for?

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 2, 2021 at 10:03 AM

      • Before my first post, I wanted to know how to do it, so I followed a few popular people, at Instagram’s prompting if I remember, so I could see how they used tags etc. Then I realised I was not interested in the things some of them were posting about so I unfollowed some. That got me banned, even though it was not that many and the people themselves had too many followers to know or care whether I was following them or not. I still wanted to unfollow a few more when they allowed me back and that got me banned again. So the second time I suppose I was banned for stubborness.


        September 2, 2021 at 10:35 AM

        • How strange. Your account is the first one I’ve ever heard of someone getting banned for unfollowing other people.

          Steve Schwartzman

          September 2, 2021 at 10:44 AM

  4. I love the old weathered seed pods against the vivid pop of purple in the background.


    September 2, 2021 at 10:08 AM

  5. Very nice juxtaposition. When you mentioned pitchforks, I looked again, and saw them to the left and right sides of the composition. Kinda like watching cloud formations and other objects in their formations. ..


    September 2, 2021 at 10:13 AM

    • I almost didn’t mention pitchforks for fear of influencing how people saw these seed head remains, but in the end I went ahead and said what my imagination saw here. Sounds like you might otherwise not have seen them.

      I remember in rural Honduras in 1968 listening to a Brahms symphony on the short-wave radio while watching clouds, whose movements seems to go with the music.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 2, 2021 at 10:21 AM

  6. I looked this plant up, and the first article mentioned prairie parsley is easily confused with wild parsnip, which I would surely do, the latter is familiar & growing all over NY now. I read that these seeds can be used as a seasoning.

    Robert Parker

    September 2, 2021 at 11:50 AM

    • Following up on what you said, I found the following about Polytaenia nuttallii at the Foraging Texas website:

      “Perhaps in the scheme of things it is good that Prairie Parsley isn’t one of the higher ranked wild edibles. Its seeds can be used as a seasoning substitute for dill or carrot seeds and its leaves can be cooked, usually boiled, as a pot herb but in both cases the flavor isn’t anything over which to get excited. In times of starvation supposedly the root was also boiled or roasted but honestly, it would have been during some pretty rough times. The flavor is…not good.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 2, 2021 at 4:39 PM

  7. You have a nice pair of juxtapositions here: the prairie parsley with the bindweed, and the pitchforks with your mention of social media censorship. It’s beyond ironic that today’s metaphorical pitchforks are in the hands of those who most often demand ‘inclusiveness,’ ‘tolerance,’ and ‘acceptance’ of those who differ in values or opinion.


    September 3, 2021 at 7:16 AM

    • And I’m amazed that they don’t see the hypocrisy inherent in what they say versus what they do. “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” And I see now that that proverb has its origins in Jeremiah 5:21: “Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 3, 2021 at 9:04 AM

  8. They do make me think of tiny pitchforks – maybe for small critters to do battle with…no, they’ve got better things to do… (And I must admit to having a good old rant on social media myself this week – but Twitter rather than Facebook.)

    Ann Mackay

    September 3, 2021 at 9:51 AM

    • It would be strange indeed if small critters did battle with those pitchforks.
      I’ve never been a Twitter user. What was your rant about?

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 3, 2021 at 9:57 AM

      • Long story! Basically the incompetence of UK government in leaving it to the last minute to evacuate people from Afghanistan and then blaming a scapegoat – because he wanted to evacuate his staff, their families and animals from his refuge in their own plane. (Bear in mind that there were charter flights going in and coming out almost empty or half-filled.) His staff etc. were prevented from escaping by last minute rule changes but the animals left on the last flight. He’s being blamed for preventing people getting out but he didn’t because all the people were out by the time he left. And he was trying to get out 68 people and offering another 130 seats for others – but blamers never acknowledge that. Whatever the shortcomings of his plan, it annoys me that authorities are using it as a diversion from their poor planning, ineptitude and ill-timed holidays. Sorry for the long comment!

        Ann Mackay

        September 3, 2021 at 12:10 PM

        • No reason to apologize for your comment’s length. I didn’t realize there were similar Afghanistan stories playing out among Britons. I assumed the Americans over there were generally responsible for all the evacuations and all the blunders that took place. American authorities, alas, did prevent lots of people from getting out.

          Steve Schwartzman

          September 3, 2021 at 3:05 PM

          • I’m afraid that both sides did, Steve. There are some people in authority over here who should be hanging their heads in shame. Unfortunately, it’s very easy to create a smokescreen and that’s been happening. And the people who suffer are those left behind.

            Ann Mackay

            September 3, 2021 at 4:23 PM

  9. Great shot ..so that gorgeous purple in the background is bindweed? Oh dear …


    September 7, 2021 at 2:27 PM

    • Yes, it’s enough to make you reconsider. Actually various species in the morning glory family are called bindweed, including the white-flowering invasive Convolvulus arvensis from Eurasia that has made its way to NZ as well as the United States. The purple bindweed shown here is a common native species in my area that thrives in the summer heat.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 7, 2021 at 2:40 PM

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