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Horsemints flowering with firewheels

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Eight years ago today I found this colony of horsemints (Monarda citriodora) flowering with some firewheels (Gaillardia pulchella) in Pflugerville.

If you’re interested in the craft of photography, point 18 in About My Techniques is relevant to today’s picture.

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May 19, 2018 at 5:09 AM

It’s been a good spring for the Engelmann daisy

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That’s right, it’s been a good spring for the Engelmann daisy, Engelmannia peristenia, the wildflower you got a good look at yesterday. Above you see a flourishing colony of Engelmann daisies along Gattis School Rd. in Round Rock on April 16th. The white flowers are old plainsman, Hymenopappus artemisiifolius. In the back left you can make out some bluebonnets, Lupinus texensis, and greenthreads, Thelesperma filifolium. Below is a little closer view of a part of the Engelmann daisy colony.

Did you know that Engelmann in German means Angel Man?

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May 8, 2018 at 4:47 AM

More pink (and white) evening primroses

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A recent post showed you two less-than-pristine pink evening primrose flowers, Oenothera speciosa, and then compensated with one fresh specimen. Now here are two flourishing groups from April 10th along TX 20 east of Red Rock in Bastrop County. The colony above was mixed with some Indian paintbrushes, Castilleja indivisa. In the group below, the majority of the pink evening primrose flowers were natural white variants.

Two days earlier, at the site in Round Rock documented in the other post, I’d already found a few isolated white pink evening primroses, including the one below that I photographed with the sun beyond it to create shadows of the flower’s interior parts.

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April 30, 2018 at 4:36 AM

Texas dandelions en masse

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Behold a colony of Texas dandelions, Pyrrhopappus pauciflorus, flowering near a pond on the Blackland Prairie in northeast Austin on April 16th. This wildflower has occasionally been called a false dandelion because it’s the true one here.

There were parts of the site where pink evening primroses, Oenothera speciosa, outnumbered the Texas dandelions.

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April 26, 2018 at 4:52 AM

Not like my high school, and probably not like yours, either

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What makes Round Rock’s Cedar Ridge High School distinctive in the spring is the great extent to which wildflowers cover the front part of its campus. Mostly that means bluebonnets, Lupinus texensis. Still, several other species put in an appearance; the prominent yellow flower heads in the photo above are greenthread, Thelesperma filifolium, one of the most common wildflowers in central Texas. The few mostly red flower heads are Gaillardia pulchella, known as blanketflower, Indian blanket, and firewheel.

The picture below gives you a sense of scale. By the time I took these pictures on April 16th, visitors had made little hollows in various places where they’d posed for portraits in the bluebonnets. While I aimed to keep those people-pressed hollows out of my photographs, there might be one just to the right of center in the second photograph. I didn’t get close to the trees, which from a distance looked like they might be huisaches.

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April 24, 2018 at 4:51 AM

Not everything is pristine. In fact, very little is.

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As an example of the thought in the title, take these two pink evening primrose flowers, Oenothera speciosa, that I photographed near Yaupon Dr. in my extended neighborhood on April 1st. If that’s too bedraggled for your taste, I’ll relent and balance it with a picture of a pink evening primrose flower that remained mostly pristine even in the stiff breeze on the Blackland Prairie in Round Rock seven days later. So windy was it that I set the camera’s shutter at 1/800 of a second in hopes of stopping the flower’s movements. You’ll recognize that the background color comes from the colony of bluebonnets, Lupinus texensis, that the pink evening primrose had managed to find a roothold in.

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April 21, 2018 at 4:44 AM

Indian paintbrush colony flowering

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On April 10th we followed leads from Craig78681 and Betty Wilkins to head southeast in search of good wildflower displays. We ended up driving a 114-mile circuit that took us as far to the southeast as the intersection of TX 20 and TX 71 outside Bastrop. Today’s photograph shows the welcoming Indian paintbrush colony (Castilleja indivisa) we found there. That display made quite a contrast with Austin, where we didn’t see a lot of Indian paintbrushes this spring.

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April 18, 2018 at 4:51 AM

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