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Wildflower panorama

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From March 13th along US 183 south of Interstate 10 comes this floral panorama of sandyland bluebonnets (Lupinus subcarnosus), Indian paintbrushes (Castilleja indivisa), and phlox (Phlox drummondii).



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There’s a saying that goes at least as far back as 1742: “On ne saurait faire d’omelette sans casser des oeufs.” Attributed to François de Charette, it means “You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.” You’ll often find the adage attributed to Lenin or Stalin, who may have quoted it as a rationalization of the fact that to bring about the “glories” of communism there will have to be some “collateral damage,” as we’ve now taken to calling it.

I was reminded of the quotation because in reading Superabundance, a new book by Marian L. Tupy and Gale L. Pooley, I came to this passage:

Marx, as is well known, wanted to replace “exploitative” capitalism (i.e., commercial society so beloved by many “enlightened” thinkers) with classless, stateless, and moneyless communal living. Communist revolutionaries from the Soviet Union and China to Cambodia and North Korea consequently set out to create a Marxist utopia by eliminating capitalism. Communism brought about the destruction of the last vestiges of feudalism in the former Russian empire, parts of China, and some other places, but it came at the steep price of some 100 million lives.

That’s a whole lot of eggs for a few rotten omelets.


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 19, 2023 at 4:34 PM

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  1. wooooow


    March 19, 2023 at 4:38 PM

    • We were out for hours today seeing wildflower fields just as good as this one from last week.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2023 at 7:57 PM

  2. That’s a beautiful panorama, Steve. Well done.


    March 19, 2023 at 6:29 PM

    • Thanks, but I don’t know how much credit I can take for photographing such a fabulous wildflower field.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2023 at 7:58 PM

  3. A variety of colours is the photographer’s helpmate in creating a cheerful image.

    Peter Klopp

    March 19, 2023 at 8:20 PM

  4. The deep red phlox make nice accents; I like the way they’re distributed through the field. It’s always interesting to see how some flowers mix more evenly, and some, like the paintbrush in this photo, seem to form smaller, discrete ‘colonies.’


    March 19, 2023 at 8:41 PM

    • The deep red phlox has been accenting many a picture for the past two weeks (including another five hours today). I’m thinking clusters are colonies within colonies. It also occurred to me that your second sentence could apply equally well to people.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2023 at 9:26 PM

  5. What a wonderful color palette !


    March 20, 2023 at 4:05 AM

  6. So colorful looks like a sharp impressionist painting 😉

    Alessandra Chaves

    March 20, 2023 at 7:46 AM

    • I, too, thought about the look of an Impressionist painting. As you noted, it’s paradoxical that the individual flowers are mostly sharp.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 20, 2023 at 8:03 AM

  7. Another wildflower panorama to take away one’s breath.
    Socialism and communism, as theories at least, aspire to much higher ideals than capitalism: better lives for all. That the attempts to implement those systems have failed miserably is due to the fact that humans, as a collective, are rotten eggs.


    March 20, 2023 at 11:52 AM

    • Happily, we’ve seen dozens of scenes like this one as we’ve driven hundreds of miles around south-central Texas in the past two weeks.

      And speaking of dozens, you’re clever: “Humans, as a collective, are rotten eggs.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 20, 2023 at 12:18 PM

      • Wait a second. You are the one who spoke of dozens! 😊


        March 20, 2023 at 12:54 PM

        • Since eggs typically get sold by the dozen and you mentioned eggs, I took the liberty of extrapolating from the eggs to the dozenness (or dozenity).

          Steve Schwartzman

          March 20, 2023 at 1:05 PM

  8. Superabundance works well for wildflowers.


    March 20, 2023 at 9:19 PM

  9. I always love your wildflower field shots and this is no exception. Do you think March is the best time to shoot wildflowers in your area?


    March 21, 2023 at 2:33 PM

    • It typically starts in mid-March and proceeds through a succession of species into May. Here’s an example:

      Mexican hats, firewheels, Engelmann daisies

      Occasionally the profuse wildflowers have stretched into June before the summer heat finally reduced them.

      Having that long a good period for wildflowers gives people who want to visit a pretty big window of opportunity.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 21, 2023 at 3:03 PM

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