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Mexican hats in December

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Unlike bluebonnets, which I’d never seen flowering in December till this year, Mexican hats (Ratibida columnifera) are an accustomed sight in months well past their late-spring peak. So it was that on December 9th, when I walked the Mopac embankment to find and photograph a single prodigious bluebonnet, I also found my share of Mexican hats, one of which appears above. Three days later, when I was in Great Hills Park to document frostweed ice, I came across a little Mexican hat bent over with frost and ailing as a result. That aside, Mexican hats are still flowering along Mopac—hardly surprising when afternoon temperatures have been in the 70s and predicted to rise into the 80s on the 25th.

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FAIR, the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism, recently hosted a discussion between Melissa Chen and Steven Pinker. A good portion of the discussion is based on Pinker’s latest book, Rationality.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 24, 2021 at 4:25 AM

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