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Pickerelweed flourishing

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On June 12th at Cypress Creek Park on Lake Travis I was pleased to see a good display of pickerelweed flowers (Pontederia cordata). Below is one of the cores from which I believe the flowers emerge.


This post went out at 4:13 AM Central Time to coincide with the summer solstice.
Temperature-wise, it’s been summer in Austin for quite a while already.



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The number of reported migrant encounters along the southern border has once again made Department of Homeland Security history — hitting a staggering 239,416 encounters in May.

You can read further details in a June 16th New York Post article

As huge as that number of interceptions is, hundreds of thousands of people who enter the country illegally each year don’t get apprehended at all because there aren’t anywhere near enough border patrol agents to keep up with the cartel-organized onslaught that our current régime has done nothing to fend off and a lot to foster. You can find out more in a June 17th Daily Mail article.


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 21, 2022 at 4:13 AM

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  1. Happy Summer Solstice.


    June 21, 2022 at 5:36 AM

    • While I’ve heard of people called Sol as a short form of Solomon, I’ve not yet heard of anyone called Sol as a short form of Solstice. That name could betoken the warmth of summer. Speaking of which, I have heard of people named Summer.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 21, 2022 at 6:34 AM

  2. Happy Summer Solstice! I like the color combo of purple, yellow, and green. It makes me feel happy.


    June 21, 2022 at 6:28 AM

    • Happy purple, yellow, and green to you. I’ll agree it’s a harmonious color combination.

      At first I thought we should try to establish the initialism HSS to stand for Happy Summer Solstice. Then I realized it would be ambiguous and could just as well stand for Happy Spring Solstice.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 21, 2022 at 6:39 AM

  3. The last time I can remember seeing this plant was at Armand Bayou some years ago. I wondered again if the trick to finding it might be looking in freshwater areas, and it seems that’s so. One Florida wildflower site mentioned that its salt tolerance is poor, so it makes sense that it wouldn’t thrive along the coast. I need to look for it where water lilies and lotus exist, since they prefer the same pond-and-stream environments.

    It’s a beautiful plant, and the photo of the still-developing bud is beautiful. The spirals are especially attractive; once the flowers emerge, that detail gets lost.


    June 21, 2022 at 6:53 AM

    • I’ve photographed pickerelweed a bunch of times, as occasional posts here have confirmed. Not till I took the picture that’s second today did I realize the developing core has a spiral structure. Live and learn.

      Living inland as I do and knowing pickerelweed from here, I never thought about it near the coast. As you said, as long as a coastal site has fresh water, there’s no reason pickerelweed couldn’t flourish there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 21, 2022 at 7:00 AM

  4. Just waiting for our pickerelweed to start flowering. That certainly looks like a bud holder.
    Happy Solstice. May the Texas heat be kind this year.

    Steve Gingold

    June 21, 2022 at 8:15 AM

    • Pickerelweed flowers sure are pretty.

      Here in Austin we’re on track for a torrid summer, unfortunately. We’re in a La Niña phase, with the forecast calling for 105° or 106° highs this weekend. We’ve had little rain.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 21, 2022 at 8:44 AM

  5. Two more of your classic flash shots! Summer has been slow in coming in our region with lots of rain and cool weather. Perhaps no forest fires this year?

    Peter Klopp

    June 21, 2022 at 8:56 AM

    • Millions of people in Texas wish they could swap with you. The predicted high temperature here for the coming weekend is 40° C.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 21, 2022 at 10:31 AM

  6. Nice post



    June 21, 2022 at 9:04 AM

  7. Magical flower Steve


    June 21, 2022 at 9:14 AM

  8. The core reminds me of a corn cob. It’s 105 here.

    Alessandra Chaves

    June 21, 2022 at 2:21 PM

  9. These are new to me but I love both photos. It’s always nice to see the different stages of growth. And what color, with the purples and yellows.

    Todd Henson

    June 22, 2022 at 5:57 PM

  10. Wonderful photos .. purple is my favourite colour


    June 28, 2022 at 3:29 PM

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