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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

Following leads to the southeast

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After I published a post last week entitled “Not a good year for bluebonnets,” three people locally gave me reports on places where wildflowers are currently looking good. In “Bluebonnets redeem themselves” you saw the results of following Agnes Plutino’s lead to the northeast. Craig78681 and Betty Wilkins mentioned places to the southeast, and yesterday I headed that way. The picture above confirms that their leads panned out. I took the photograph on the north side of FM 1327 just west of US 183 in Creedmoor*. By now you recognize the bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis). Mixed in with them are pink evening primroses (Oenothera speciosa), not fully open because of the persistent breeze. The yellow spots are Texas dandelions (Pyrrhopappus pauciflorus). This is how Texas is supposed to do spring wildflowers.

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* Having grown up on Long Island, I always think of Creedmoor as a mental hospital.

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April 11, 2018 at 4:44 AM

New Zealand: more from Cathedral Cove

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A year and a day ago today we visited Cathedral Cove on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula. I’d be remiss if I didn’t show you how some massive pōhutukawa trees, Metrosideros excelsa, clung to the cliffs there. The picture above reminds me of a Chinese landscape painting. The photograph below shows how some new pōhutukawa trees were (and no doubt still are) making a go of it on an adjacent cliff.

And here’s an additional look at the interesting textures on a part of the cliff adjacent to another pōhutukawa:

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March 8, 2018 at 4:55 AM

New Zealand: large and small projections

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On March 6, 2017, we followed New Zealand’s State Highway 25 north through and beyond Thames on our way to Whitianga. In one place on the west side of the Coromandel Peninsula we saw this roughly conical rock projecting out of the shallow water in the Firth of Thames. Yes, that’s another pōhutukawa tree (Metrosideros excelsa) at the top of the rock. Elsewhere on the beach I looked down at contrastingly small projections wind-rippled up from the sand.

And look how another pōhutukawa projected out over the craggy rocks along the shore:

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March 6, 2018 at 4:43 AM

New Zealand: colors at Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley

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A year ago today we spent a few hours at the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua. One thing that caught my attention was the small geyser shown above. The second photograph shows the colors adjacent to the geyser. (You can connect the two pictures using the log common to both.)

And here are other nearby colors:

But nothing there beat the color of Inferno Crater Lake:

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March 5, 2018 at 4:40 AM

New Zealand: crossing Cook Strait again

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A year ago today we sailed eastbound on the Interislander from South Island to North Island. I took the first photograph when the ferry was almost out of the Marlborough Sounds, and the second one four minutes later after the ship had entered Cook Strait.

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March 3, 2018 at 4:48 AM

New Zealand: two views of Maruia Falls

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A year ago today we stopped for a while at Maruia Falls. A vantage point from above foreshortens the view. The brief hike down to the river reveals how wide the falls are. In fact Maruia was the widest waterfall we saw in New Zealand on either of our two trips.

Surprisingly, this impressive waterfall has existed only since 1929. We wouldn’t have seen it at all but for the fact that the coastal road north from Christchurch to Blenheim was still blocked near Kaikoura due to an earthquake-caused landslide. That forced us to drive hours out of our way to reach Blenheim in preparation for the ferry back to the North Island the next day.

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March 2, 2018 at 4:44 AM

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