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Archive for April 15th, 2022

A different take

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Last week you saw a picture from April 6th showing a great mixture of purple phlox and sandworts (Minuartia drummondii), with some Indian paintbrushes (Castilleja indivisa) adding red-orange touches. I took that picture at a high shutter speed to counteract the strong breeze that stayed with us all day (one source estimated gusts as strong as 40 miles per hour). I also took a few pictures at a slow shutter speed to let the wind have its way with the flowers and create something akin to an Impressionist painting, where forms are suggested rather than clearly delineated. You’re looking at one of those that I took at 2/25 of a second (the camera showed 1/13 of a second, but I’m assuming that meant 1/12.5).

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April 15, 2022 at 4:15 PM

Unexpected Missouri violets

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For whatever reason, I practically never come across Missouri violets (Viola missouriensis). The only time I showed a picture of one here was in 2016. Imagine my surprise, then, on April 1st when I discovered two little clumps of Missouri violets that had sprung up between bricks in a walkway behind our house. We’ve called this place home for almost 18 years, and these were the first Missouri violets I’d ever seen in our yard. To give you a sense of scale, let me add that a Missouri violet flower is at most 3/4 of an inch across.


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 15, 2022 at 4:36 AM

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