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Mexican hat seed head remains

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Two posts back you saw an early stage in the disintegration of a sensitive briar inflorescence. Now, from the greenbelt off Taylor Draper Lane on October 7th, here’s a much later stage of a different species, Mexican hat (Ratibida columnifera). If you’d like a reminder of what a fresh Mexican hat flower head looks like, you can revisit a post from 2014.

To get greater depth of field and keep more details in focus than would have been possible with natural light alone, I added flash. That mixture of light sources accounts for the sky looking darker than normal.

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November 15, 2016 at 5:00 AM

Thistle might change its name to fissile

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It was on the even cloudier morning of May 1, along the aptly named Floral Park Dr. that leads into my immediate neighborhood, when I finally went over to photograph a Texas thistle, Cirsium texanum, that I’d been noticing for a couple of days as I drove past. By the time I visited it, the plant was beginning to fade: as this post’s title notes, the flowers of the Texas thistle don’t stay fresh for long, but soon split apart so their seeds can be scattered along the ground and into the wind.

For those of you who are interested in my approach to nature photography, points 1, 3, 8, and especially 16 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

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