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Rising skyward

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Only once before, in 2015, has a picture of so-called false gaura appeared here. The top view shows that this plant produces an erect flower spike, which I’ll add can reach 9 ft., while the bottom view reveals the predilection of some leaves to turn colors. Formerly classified as Stenosiphon linifolius and now as Oenothera glaucifolia, the species apparently grows in just one place in Travis County: along Oasis Bluff Dr., which is where I went looking for and found it on June 12th, just as I have several other times over the past decade.



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Kind Words


Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Thursday praised fellow Justice Clarence Thomas for his dedication to the high court’s integrity in light of recent protests and threats that were made against the institution.

Speaking at the American Constitution Society, Sotomayor, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama, said Thomas is a “man who cares deeply about the court as an institution.”

And while the two often disagree in their opinions, Sotomayor said she and Thomas have a “common understanding about people and kindness towards them,” adding, “Justice Thomas is the one justice in the building that literally knows every employee’s name, every one of them. And not only does he know their names, he remembers their families’ names and histories.”

“He’s the first one who will go up to someone when you’re walking with him and say, ‘Is your son okay? How’s your daughter doing in college?’ He’s the first one that, when my stepfather died, sent me flowers in Florida,” Sotomayor added of Thomas, who was nominated by former President George H.W. Bush.


That’s from a June 17th article by Jack Phillips in the Epoch Times.


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 24, 2022 at 4:30 AM

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  1. What a beautiful flower. I’d never heard of it, and I’m glad you offered both scientific names, since the USDA hasn’t yet made the change and offered no results for the new name. My best chance of finding it is in Gillespie County, although my book on Enchanted Rock doesn’t have it listed among the white flowers found there.

    And speaking of optical illusions, as you did recently, the bit of blue shining through the hole in the leaf appeared at first glance to be a slightly different hue. Looking more closely, I can see the blue in the background and the ‘blue hole’ as the same color, but that initial difference was interesting.


    June 24, 2022 at 6:02 AM

    • Oenothera has become a cluttered genus now that Calylophus, Stenosiphon, and even Gaura have been “decommissioned” and moved into Oenothera. In a few cases, like the one in this post, that move has necessitated a change in the species epithet as well, because the scientific name Oenothera linifolia was already taken.

      As you point out, the colors and shades that surround a patch of color can greatly influence our perception of that patch. In the case of the leaf in the bottom picture, I didn’t notice a difference, but I certainly have in some famous optical illusions.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 24, 2022 at 7:28 AM

  2. Excellent photos.
    I especially like the leaf – because you managed to make an interesting photo of something that is not so easy to photograph in a way that looks interesting.


    June 24, 2022 at 7:10 AM

    • Thanks for appreciating the second picture. I’m always on the lookout for ways to show something differently.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 24, 2022 at 7:29 AM

  3. Nice post



    June 24, 2022 at 8:25 AM

  4. That framing in the leaf, and those white blossoms against that lovely blue sky are so pretty.


    June 24, 2022 at 11:42 AM

    • A clear blue sky serves as a good element for isolating a subject. It’s even better when the subject has some light passing through it from behind.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 24, 2022 at 2:36 PM

  5. The flower is beautiful and I can certainly see how it got its name. The reclassification of plant names may be necessary but it’s so confusing for gardeners!

    Ann Mackay

    June 27, 2022 at 6:09 AM

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