Portraits of Wildflowers

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More from a newly discovered nearby neighborhood park

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A post last week showed you how rain lily flowers (Zephyranthes drummondii) were changing from white to pink and purple as they approached the end of their ephemeral lives in Schroeter Neighborhood Park, which I’d just learned about. Plenty of other native plants were coming up there, like the zexmenia (Wedelia acapulcensis var. hispida) in the top picture, and the white larkspur (Delphinium carolinianum) below.



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Some ancient theologians asserted the existence of nine kinds of angelic beings:

  • Seraphim
  • Cherubim
  • Thrones
  • Dominions (or Dominations)
  • Virtues
  • Powers
  • Principalities
  • Archangels
  • Angels

Not only can you find out more about each supposed kind of angelic being in the article “9 Types of Angels,” you can also read about the medieval debates that angelologists engaged in to determine how many angels could dance on the head of a pin.

Not to be outdone by a paltry nine categories, present-day theologians assert the existence of “as many genders as we say there are.” Here are some of them:

  • Agender
  • Aliagender
  • Androgyne
  • Aporagender
  • Bigender
  • Boi
  • Butch
  • Cisgender
  • Demiboy
  • Demienby
  • Demigirl
  • Demitrans
  • Female
  • Feminine of center
  • Femme
  • Gender expansive
  • Gender fluid
  • Gender outlaw
  • Genderqueer
  • Gendervoid
  • Graygender
  • Intergender
  • Male
  • Masculine of center
  • Maverique
  • Neither
  • Neutrois
  • Nonbinary
  • Novigender
  • Omnigender
  • Pangender
  • Polygender
  • Soft butch
  • Stone butch
  • Third gender
  • Trans
  • Transfeminine
  • Transgender
  • Transmasculine
  • Trigender
  • Two spirit

After I gleaned those from various sources, I came across a Dude Asks article with a list of 112 genders as of the year 2022, along with a brief explanation of each. Check them out for your great edification. It occurred to me as a math teacher that each of the 9 types of angelic being could come in each of those 112 genders, so in all there are 9 x 112 = 1008 angelicogendric combinations. In fact the number is really higher than 1008. One reason is that some of the genders in my first list aren’t included in the 112 of the second list and need to be added. Another reason is that most likely at least one new gender will have been gen(d)erated in the week since I prepared this post. Thanks to the advances that modern science has engendered, it’s as hard to keep up with the many recent changes in genders as with the many recent changes in botanical genera.

Despite my best efforts I haven’t yet found an article that tells how many angelicogendric beings can dance on the head of a pin, but I’ll remain agenda-fluid and keep searching for the answer.

© 2022 Steven Schwartzman







Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 14, 2022 at 4:28 AM

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  1. Delphinium are so beautiful 🙂
    Thanks for the info about angels…. very interesting to read about.


    May 14, 2022 at 5:46 AM

  2. The Larkspur is wonderful. I love the textures, and all the vein details. Isn’t it wonderful to find a new park!


    May 14, 2022 at 8:08 AM

    • Hark, hark, the lark…spur. Textures are a photographer’s delight.

      I’d driven within a few blocks of that park many times in the 18 years we’ve lived in our current house, but it’s tucked inside a neighborhood that we’ve had no reason to go into. Fortunately someone in the Facebook Texas Wildflowers group showed a picture from there and that prompted me to look it up on a map and check it out.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 14, 2022 at 9:11 AM

      • Cool! I love my listing groups that I’m in for wildflowers, and birds. 😀


        May 14, 2022 at 1:15 PM

        • For me, two online Texas nature groups have proved useful in finding places to photograph native plants and in identifying species.

          Steve Schwartzman

          May 14, 2022 at 1:20 PM

  3. I like the purple background in the first picture, most likely the blurry image of another flower.

    Peter Klopp

    May 14, 2022 at 9:22 AM

  4. Now that gas has topped $4/gallon, I’ve compiled a short list of nature sites closer to home. Some I’ve seen mentioned several times on iNaturalist, but just haven’t explored. The one nearest me is packed with people on the weekends, but the others may be less populated. Thirty miles to Pearland beats 70 miles to San Bernard, although nothing will keep Walden West from still getting a monthly visit. It seems as though you’ve found a splendid spot, and that’s a beautiful image of the larkspur. And to think I had to travel to Cost to find mine!

    You missed “cake gender,” which I recently heard described as people who feel “light,” “fluffy, or sweet,” and “warm.” Another example of ‘cake gender’ would be “if someone feels if they have different layers or flavors to their particular gender.”

    Somehow I doubt that a ‘pi gender’ ever will make the list.


    May 14, 2022 at 9:48 AM

    • Clearly my inner editor needs another cup of coffee…


      May 14, 2022 at 9:48 AM

    • With gas over $4 a gallon, it’s open season for wordplay with Cost—of which there was almost none for me to visit this park two miles from home. I haven’t returned in the two weeks since the first visit that proved so productive; I should stop by to see what’s new there. The “short” in your “short list” does double duty as a descriptor of the relative distances of the listed places compared to farther-away ones.

      Just yesterday I came across “cake gender” and thought about adding it to the list, but then it slipped my mind. The attributes of that gender apparently sloshed over and made my memory similarly fluffy. I like your transition from cake to pie to pi. I see the potential to transfer mathematical vocabulary to genders: with an “infinity” of them, infinitely many must be “irrational.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 14, 2022 at 10:26 AM

  5. I am in agreement with Peter Klopp regarding the blurry purple of the Rain lily in the background of the Zexmenia, with its many angels dancing in the Aster’s center. I found the discussion of genders highly amusing, as one who has always played around with numbers. I used to say I was a woman inside of a male body, but have been able to adjust fairly normally, since she was a lesbian. Now I just check off “Male” on the demographic questions, partly because my woman thinks the former description would make others think I was weird, and partly because it is (I’ve heard), a (stupid) pickup line used in bars.

    Thanks for the aesthetic gratification and the religious/political/maths amusement.


    May 14, 2022 at 11:59 AM

    • I’m glad the pictures provided aesthetic gratification and the essay afforded you amusement of the religious, political, and mathematical kinds. Your formerly avowed conception of yourself is amusing, too. I can see where stating that self-description nowadays might get you into trouble in a society where some members are hyper-vigilant about things to let themselves enjoy claiming to be offended by. On the most recent form that asked me for a race I wrote in “human.” Usually I check the “Prefer not to say” box if there is one.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 14, 2022 at 1:36 PM

      • I usually put in Other and specify species – Homo sapiens – I don’t believe in “Race”, but usually get listed as a white male. Fortunately, no one has said You’re the White Man, that’s all I need to know about you” and grinned at me. However, if It ever happens again, I’ll have something to say in reply, prepared or not. I did check “prefer not to say” on the last form I was asked to fill in, but they probably already had me on record in the appropriately bureaucracy-assigned checkbox.

        Humor has been defined as the collision of two or more different concepts and if it causes one to think about those concepts for a few seconds in order to reconcile them, then I’ll be humanely humored. B-)


        May 15, 2022 at 10:26 AM

        • Maybe no one has overtly told you you’re a white man and that’s all anyone needs to know about you, but unfortunately there are too many people who think that way. If comedians can combat that, more power to them.

          Steve Schwartzman

          May 15, 2022 at 2:37 PM

  6. Two nice shots of lovely flowers.

    Steve Gingold

    May 14, 2022 at 3:08 PM

  7. well I noticed a few typos in my reply above, couldn’t see a way to edit it in worpress.com, so I hope y’all don’t take me to be a ignorant bozo because of them there typographical errors. Maybe after I’m actually signed in it would – or maybe not – nice of them (and others more wealth websites) to release an interface lacking in usability – and allow the end users to tell them what needs fixing. I’ve pointed out specific errors before in feedback to companies, and offered my services for a fee, but none have not taken me up on the offer – I’d probably just donate to the Native Plant Society of Texas if they did, anyway…


    May 15, 2022 at 10:41 AM

    • WordPress allows only the host of the blog to make changes to posted comments. WordPress could allow, as Facebook does, commenters to amend their own comments; that way people could fix typos and rephrase things to make them clearer. In any case, when I notice obvious mistakes in comments I fix them—unlike many other blog hosts, who leave the mistakes. Not for nothing was I a teacher for all those years. Like you, I’ve pointed out many mistakes and inconveniences to companies—almost always to no avail. One exception was a decade or so ago when the Texas Education (!) Agency released a preliminary version of a report that had a ton of mistakes in it. I got the agency to hire me to fix the report for them—which I did, but only until the maximum amount of money they allocated ran out at the hourly rate I stipulated.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 15, 2022 at 2:48 PM

  8. The flower photographs are pretty, but I think that there are just two types of angels.

    Alessandra Chaves

    May 15, 2022 at 1:13 PM

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