Portraits of Wildflowers

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Longleaf buckwheat

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Another new wildflower for me on October 11th last year was Eriogonum longifolium, known as longleaf buckwheat and tall buckwheat. I found loose groups of these tallish plants with smallish flowers in a couple of places in Bastrop State Park. The out-of-focus yellow flower heads providing color in the second view were camphorweed, Heterotheca subaxillaris.



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It’s become a sad fact of American life that many corporations subject their employees to mandatory “diversity” training. In almost all cases that’s a biased way of looking at society in which activists prod people into resenting one another based on the groups they happen to have been born into. In an unwitting homage to Orwell, those “diversity” trainers exhibit zero diversity in the way they categorize everything according to presumed power and privilege.

A few nights ago at an Austin get-together with Greg Lukianoff of FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression), I met comedian and entrepreneur Karith Foster, who has mercifully put together a humane substitute for the standard “diversity” training.

Instead of Diversity, we’re going to talk about INversity. We’re going to talk about the things we have in common with each other.

INVERSITY™ is the inverse of the word “Diversity,” which has “divide” and “division” at its root. Division is exactly what we see happening when diversity is done poorly — that includes checking a box, wagging a finger or placing blame and shame.

If you find yourself in a job that subjects you to “diversity” training, you might approach the relevant people in your company, point them to the Inversity website, and suggest they hire Inversity to do future training. You’ll be so much better off.

Even if you’re not subject to “diversity” training, check out the Inversity website for lots of interesting information. You can also watch Karith Foster’s TED talk.


© 2022 Steven Schwartzman





Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 12, 2022 at 4:32 AM

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  1. This is another one that I missed. On the Plants of Louisiana page, I read that its habitat is sandy soil, mainly on the edges of pine and oak woodlands. That certainly fits. Given those conditions, I wondered if this was another that could be found in east Texas, in places like the Sandyland Sanctuary. Sure enough: it’s listed for all the counties in the Big Thicket.


    October 12, 2022 at 8:43 AM

    • That’s good news for you, as you’re more likely to visit those places again sooner than you are to return to Bastrop. Those hours in Bastrop a year ago netted me four new species; the remaining two are due up tomorrow and the next day.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 12, 2022 at 8:58 PM

  2. Brilliant shots! Goes for all the shots you post; I’m a fan, but not much of a talker.. 🙂


    October 13, 2022 at 1:55 AM

  3. Love the earthy tones and lighting in the second image here!


    October 18, 2022 at 12:32 PM

  4. A picture sure is worth a thousand words … these are lovely Steve


    October 18, 2022 at 1:56 PM

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