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What I didn’t see on pickerelweed flowers

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I hadn’t seen pickerelweed flowers (Pontederia cordata) since the spring of 2020, so at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on September 11th I photographed some. Six days later, when processing this limited-focus portrait, I discovered a brown insect that I’d not noticed was on the flowers at the time I took the picture.

If you’d like a reminder of how glorious a whole colony of these flowers can look, you’re welcome to glance back at a post from May of last year.


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Why do problems that are easily fixed not get fixed?

As someone with a pretty long name, I’ve been repeatedly forced to deal with something problematic: I’m handed a form to fill out, and the blank where I’m supposed to write my name is too short. On the same form, an adjacent blank for the current date may be four inches long, much more than is needed. And speaking of which, there may be two or even three places on the form where I’m asked to put that same date. As the problem of poorly designed forms has persisted throughout my whole life, it will almost certainly continue long after I’m gone. The question is why. Is there a secret cabal of Unilluminati who control the world and rig it so that designers of forms must come from the bottom quartile of IQs? If you’ve got a better explanation, let’s hear it.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 24, 2021 at 4:21 AM

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