Portraits of Wildflowers

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Thursday threesome, little beastsome

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⇧ Lacewing on Mexican hat (Ratibida columnifera) in Great Hills Park on May 5th.

 

⇧ Spider on prairie celestial (Nemastylis geminiflora) in Round Rock on April 11th.

 

⇧ Bug in prickly pear cactus flower (Opuntia engelmannii) in north Austin on May 1st.

  

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Did you know that in 2021 the most popular first names given to babies in the United States were Liam for boys and Olivia for girls? You can see the follow-up top 9 for each sex last year in this USA Today article. Of the 20, one was originally an occupational last name: Harper, literally someone who makes harps. And of course that gives me an ever-welcome chance to harp on the usefulness of etymology.

 

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 12, 2022 at 4:32 AM

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  1. Nice detail photography Steven.

    picpholio

    May 12, 2022 at 4:54 AM

  2. I haven’t seen a lacewing yet this year, but I’ve surely seen plenty of the Mexican hats. Crab spiders have been lurking around, but the insects I’ve seen most are beetles of various sorts. That’s a beautifully posed bug in the prickly pear; it looks like it’s climbed up on the pistil to have a look around.

    I happened to be in Harper, Texas last weekend. Curious, I went looking and found the town was named for George Franklin Harper; whether any of his forebearers made harps I can’t say. There are a lot of interesting details in this article, including the fact that he lived in Floresville before moving to Gillespie County. One that tickled me was his role as coach for student debates and spelling bees. I’ll bet he liked etymology, too.

    shoreacres

    May 12, 2022 at 7:12 AM

    • Hey, I’d climb up on that pistil, too, to have a look around if I were small enough and had a proportionately small camera. On the other hand, with all the spiders and other critters around, I might not survive a fantasy visit of that sort.

      In line with your observation about Mexican hats, I’d say the ones here are at their peak or close to it.

      Every mention of Floresville reminds me of the wildflowers in several of the town’s cemeteries. It’s interesting that George Franklin Harper ended up marrying his late wife’s younger sister. Does the statement that he “performed medical services in the absence of a trained doctor, and built caskets free” imply anything about his medical skills? I assume everyone born with the family name Harper is descended from someone way back who did actually make harps.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 12, 2022 at 7:37 AM

  3. Great takes, Steve. The first is quite eye-catching, nicely composed.

    Eliza Waters

    May 12, 2022 at 7:37 AM

    • Thanks. I held the camera in a position where the angle of the lacewing became symmetric to the axis of the Mexican hat with respect to the photograph’s vertical center line.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 12, 2022 at 7:40 AM

  4. Three Wows – the little critters look like they posed for you! 🙂

  5. Great images of bugs and flowers! That top one with the Mexican hat would be another contender for a piece of jewelry like a brooch!

    circadianreflections

    May 12, 2022 at 9:32 AM

  6. These are all nice shots, but the Mexican Hat one with its jaunty lacewing decoration is really striking, a feather in your cap!

    Robert Parker

    May 12, 2022 at 12:43 PM

    • If I had any musical talent I’d be striking up the band—or maybe the Mexican hatband—in reply to your plumose praise.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 12, 2022 at 1:01 PM

  7. Happy harping on, Steve.

    tanjabrittonwriter

    May 12, 2022 at 5:09 PM

  8. Our insects, for the most part, are still in repose…so to speak. Glad to see these three lovelies.

    Steve Gingold

    May 13, 2022 at 3:37 AM

    • As you note, our insects have been in pose rather than repose. I could’ve shown more than three recent portraits. In fact I’ll likely show more in upcoming posts.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 13, 2022 at 5:25 AM

  9. Nice set of little critters

    norasphotos4u

    May 13, 2022 at 8:17 PM

  10. Beautiful photos of insects and spider. You must have a good lens.

    Alessandra Chaves

    May 13, 2022 at 10:47 PM

  11. Stunning images Steve …

    Julie@frogpondfarm

    May 18, 2022 at 2:54 PM


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