Portraits of Wildflowers

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Winter yellow

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Wildflowers are sparse here in January. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t always at least some. On January 11th in the northeast quadrant of Mopac and US 183 I found a few broomweed plants (Amphiachyris dracunculoides) still flowering—barely. (That stands in contrast to how densely flowerful this species is at its peak.) To give you a sense of scale, I’ll add that each broomweed flower head ranges from 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch across (6–9mm). 

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The other day I heard about an American woman named Chloé Valdary from a New York Post article headlined “How a 28-year-old is fighting against ‘divisive’ anti-racism training.” Check it out for an alternative to the ineffective and racist “anti-racism” programs that have quickly become all too common in American institutions. According to the caption under a photograph of Chloé Valdary in the Post article, she “urges participants to embrace love rather than division in her training sessions, and uses pop-culture references to help foster better connections.” Links in the article take you to her Theory of Enchantment website.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 27, 2022 at 4:32 AM

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  1. I like the way the stems emerged from the background as my eye moved away from the brilliant flower. Still, no matter the source, a bit of yellow at this time of year always is pleasing, and this is an especially pretty ‘bit.’


    January 27, 2022 at 6:16 AM

    • I noticed, as is often the case with my photographs in WorkPress posts, that the version that comes up when you click today’s picture is less contrasty and reveals more details in dark areas. (It also helps that the browser I use surrounds the click-called-up version of the photograph with black.) I toyed with the idea of cropping the photograph to a square around the flower head and darkening any remaining traces of the stem. You can see that in the end I left traces of the stem and left the flower head off center.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 27, 2022 at 6:40 AM

  2. Great discovery, Steve! Flowers in January can only be found here indoors. My wife’s azaleas are blooming full-fore in her studio.

    Peter Klopp

    January 27, 2022 at 8:41 AM

    • As you’ve seen, finding wildflowers in January—even if not many—is the norm in central Texas.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 27, 2022 at 10:17 AM

  3. Beautifully isolated! What a wonderfully cheerful and nearly perfect blossom!


    January 27, 2022 at 1:48 PM

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