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Totally Texas toadflax

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On April 10th in rural eastern Williamson County we came across a field covered in flowering Texas toadflax, Nuttallanthus texanus. Above’s a somewhat dreamy take; below, you get a feel for the expanse of the colony.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 23, 2022 at 4:02 PM

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  1. How pretty! ‘Dreamy’ suits it – it’s that kind of flower… 🙂

    Ann Mackay

    April 23, 2022 at 4:16 PM

  2. A lovely shade of pink, almost lavender.

    Eliza Waters

    April 23, 2022 at 6:52 PM

  3. I think toadflax by itself is one of the hardest wildflowers to photograph. The colonies can appear dense, but the flowers often are more separate from one another than is apparent at first glance. This is a really nice capture of that field. Your first portrait shows some of their early lushness. Most of those I found were heading toward the end of their flowering and the blooms were a little sparse.


    April 24, 2022 at 7:05 AM

    • Till recently I hadn’t encountered a lot of toadflax, which seems to do a lot better east of Austin than it does here. On April 10th I experienced what you said: the colony enticed me from a distance, but when I got closer I didn’t find it easy to take pictures that expressed the fullness I saw. On the positive side, these flowers were still pretty fresh, as you noted about the close view in the top photograph.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 24, 2022 at 7:18 AM

  4. It’s so light and airy and beautiful! I love the top image!!


    April 24, 2022 at 10:46 AM

    • Now all we need to do is find a more appropriate name for these flowers than toadflax. Amphibians need not apply. (Not that I have anything against them; toads just don’t seem to fit here.)

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 24, 2022 at 10:53 AM

  5. So ethereal and painterly. It’s quite a success, Steve.

    Steve Gingold

    April 24, 2022 at 5:12 PM

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