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Downy before bushy

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After I stopped along FM 2769 on September 21st to photograph some flowering Liatris spikes, an adjacent grass caught my attention as well. I thought it might be little bluestem, but it seemed downier than I was accustomed to from that species. Thanks to Floyd Waller for identifying the grass as bushy bluestem, Andropogon glomeratus, which I’m used to seeing in its bushy phase toward the end of the year.


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Here’s a passage from the “Spring” section of Thoreau’s Walden that applies year-round.

Our village life would stagnate if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows which surround it. We need the tonic of wildness — to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground. At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain which lasts three weeks and produces freshets. We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander. 

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 26, 2021 at 4:29 AM

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