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Brighter and darker takes on Mexican buckeye blossoms

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Ungnadia speciosa on March 20th in northwest Austin. What a difference the background makes.

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March 31, 2021 at 4:33 AM

A profusion of Mexican plum blossoms

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Mexican Plum Tree Blossoming by Redbud 7168

Here’s a Mexican plum tree, Prunus mexicana, along the northern end of Spicewood Springs Rd. on March 3.

A redbud, Cercis canadensis, colors the picture’s lower right corner and in so doing draws your attention to it.

Now that the redbud’s got your attention, here it is in its own right:

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Oh well, let’s make a plum blossom sandwich of it. Here’s that first tree again, looked at from the other side and this time with a verdant fringe across the bottom of the image:

Mexican Plum Tree Blossoming Above Vegetation 7172


UPDATE. I’ve added another degree of enlargement to the three in yesterday’s post about water striders in response to a comment by Dee Smith about the lowest water strider being just a reflection.

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March 17, 2016 at 5:25 AM

Blossom pink and sky blue

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Behold a redbud tree (Cercis canadensis) blossoming beneath a venerable live oak (Quercus fusiformis) in Shipe Park on the clear morning of February 17th.

Did you know that the American tradition of pink for baby girls and blue for baby boys goes back only to the 1940s?

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March 2, 2016 at 4:44 AM

Ungnadia speciosa blossoms

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Mexican Buckeye Flowers and New Leaves 0753

So much has been going on in springtime Austin that after the last 11 posts about New Zealand I’m turning back to Texas again for a while before going ahead with another round of pictures from Aotearoa. That alternation makes me wonder why we English speakers almost always say back and forth but hardly ever forth and back? For anyone who’d like to be a trendsetter, I encourage you to use forth and back in a post or an e-mail sometime soon. To be fair, maybe you should keep going forth and back between back and forth and forth and back.

In any case, let me go forth and get back to plants by saying that botanists classify the Mexican buckeye tree as Ungnadia speciosa, where speciosa means ‘showy.’ This picture of blossoms on March 28th along Rain Creek Parkway in Austin shows why that species name was chosen (aside from the fact that botanists probably couldn’t figure out how to say ‘long curving bright red snout’ in Latin).

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April 19, 2015 at 5:10 AM

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