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Maximilian sunflowers in far north Austin

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On October 12th, four weeks after returning from Alberta, I finally went out onto the prairie side of Austin in search of fall wildflowers. I found them. Maximilian sunflowers (Helianthus maximiliani) seemed to be at their peak. If you could use a blast of yellow today, you’ve got it.

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October 14, 2017 at 4:51 AM

From Columbia to Columbian

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Okay, so I graduated from college at Columbia University in 1967. That didn’t prepare me for my first encounter, fifty years later, with a Columbian ground squirrel (Urocitellus or Spermophilus columbianus) outside the Logan Pass visitor center in Glacier National Park, Montana, on August 31st. I’d kept hearing a clucking noise that I couldn’t identify. A nearby person said “it” was on the other side of some trees from where we were standing. When I walked around I found out what the “it” was: this squirrel chattering away and coincidentally lording it over a little colony of flowering fireweed (Chamaenerion or Chamerion or Epilobium angustifolium). This is the second appearance recently of fireweed in a supporting role with an animal; the prolific plant will eventually appear in its own right. In the meantime, if you want a much closer look at the ground squirrel, click below on the excerpt from a different frame. You’ll be glad you did.

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October 13, 2017 at 4:37 AM

Meanwhile, from back in Austin, here’s some yellow.

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Here’s some flowering goldenrod (Solidago spp.) on Morado Circle in northwest Austin on September 26th. The nearest flower heads are in focus but in the image as a whole I’ve emphasized color over sharpness, abetted by a rather wide aperture of f/5.6. If that number doesn’t sing to you, as the French say, then listen to the flowers’ chanson instead.

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October 5, 2017 at 4:54 AM

Intimations of autumn in Austin

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The last post showed you some signs of incipient autumn in the Canadian Rockies. Even before flying up there on August 24th, I was seeing evidence in Austin of what I call botanical autumn. One herald was this flowering snow-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia marginata) that I photographed in Great Hills Park on August 21st after I’d colanderized the eclipse.

In the days ahead I’ll interpolate some other pictures of Austin’s botanical autumn into the continuing display of photographs from the trip to Alberta, British Columbia, and Montana.

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October 2, 2017 at 4:43 AM

Another white

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At the top of Scott’s Bluff in western Nebraska on May 29th I noticed some plants that formed low mounds of white flowers, like the one above that has some other plants growing up inside it. How rude.

I later learned that the white-flowered plants are desert sandwort (Eremogone hookeri). Below is closeup of some of the flowers densely packed into one of those mounds.

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September 5, 2017 at 4:48 AM

Cardinal flowers

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I hadn’t seen any cardinal flowers (Lobelia cardinalis) for several years when I discovered one plant flowering right at the edge of Bull Creek on August 14th. (I found one more when I went to Great Hills Park on August 21 to photograph my colanderized eclipse.)

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September 1, 2017 at 5:04 AM

Standing milk-vetch flowers

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At the top of Scott’s Bluff in western Nebraska on May 29th I saw flowers of standing milk-vetch, Astragalus laxmannii.

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August 30, 2017 at 4:55 AM

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