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Bull nettle and red phlox

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Cnidoscolus texanus and Phlox drummondii on March 19th in western Bastrop County.


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 25, 2023 at 4:26 AM

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  1. A beautiful composition that impresses with the focused bull nettle in a blurred background!

    Peter Klopp

    March 25, 2023 at 10:02 AM

    • An unfocused background allows attention to fall on the sharp (and sharply focused) bull nettle.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 26, 2023 at 6:53 AM

  2. Nice one, no bull.

    Robert Parker

    March 25, 2023 at 11:11 AM

  3. This dark red’s as effective as black for showing off the bull nettle flower. Even thought it’s far more likely that dewberries will draw blood before these nettles, the blood-like color seems appropriate, too.


    March 26, 2023 at 9:36 AM

    • What kept coming to mind was the title of Stendhal’s novel Le Rouge et le noir, The red and the Black,, even though that leaves out the pristine bull nettle flower entirely. My experience bears up your conjecture: many’s the time I’ve gotten a dewberry prickle in my skin, which has fortunately so far remained exempt from bull nettle needles.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 26, 2023 at 9:48 AM

  4. That’s a lovely combination.

    Steve Gingold

    March 26, 2023 at 4:23 PM

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