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Blanco crabapple

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Colorful Blanco Crabapple Leaf with Raindrops 6374

On the wet morning of December 6th I wended my way down to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. One of the things I photographed there was this colorful leaf of a tree that botanists call Malus ioensis var. texana and that regular folks know as the Blanco crabapple or Texas crabapple. The specimens planted at the Wildflower Center are a little east of the Blanco crabapple’s natural range on the Edwards Plateau in central Texas.

Today’s post marks the debut of this species in these pages, and the photograph is also the first in a baker’s week of pictures from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (if a baker’s dozen is thirteen, then a baker’s week lasts eight days).

© 2104 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 7, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Subdued colors

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Carolina Mantis Egg Case 6662

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Speaking of subdued colors at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on the overcast and wet morning of December 6th, here’s an egg case from what may be a Carolina mantis, Stagmomantis carolina, on a small branch of what was definitely a Blanco crabapple tree, Malus ioensis var. texana. This egg case was at most an inch (25mm) long.

If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that points 1, 2, 6 and 11 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph.

© 2104 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 12, 2014 at 6:11 AM

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