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Rain lily on the cusp of winter

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While we normally and understandably focus on the flowers of rain lilies (Zephyranthes sp.), I considered myself lucky on December 21st to at least find the green leaves of one as winter was about to begin. I think you’ll agree the raindrops didn’t hurt.


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Konstantin Kisin, a short clip of whom I linked to yesterday, recently participated in a debate at the Oxford Union in England. A nine-minute video shows him giving reasons why “This House Believes Woke Culture Has Gone Too Far.” Since the posting of that video nine days ago it has gotten over 700,000 views and over 3000 comments on the Oxford Union’s YouTube channel. The video clip has been reposted on many other websites as well. (Update: here’s a transcription of Kisin’s speech.) You can also read an ABC television station’s article about Kisin’s performance at the debate.


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January 22, 2023 at 4:31 AM

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Clematis drummondii after the rain

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On August 3rd we finally had some rain, so on the morning of the 4th I went down to Great Hills Park with my macro lens and a ring flash to see if I could get some good pictures of raindrop-covered plants. In particular I had in mind Clematis drummondii, which I don’t recall ever before photographing with drops on it. This vine’s fibers often have a metallic-looking sheen to them, which the flash enhanced. Below, an enlargement from a different picture gives you a good look at raindrops on metalically shining Clematis strands.

And speaking of metals, here’s a relevant quotation for today: “I did not know that mankind were suffering for want of gold. I have seen a little of it. I know that it is very malleable, but not so malleable as wit. A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not so much as a grain of wisdom.” — Henry David Thoreau, “Life Without Principle,” 1863.

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August 29, 2020 at 4:39 AM

A world all its own

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For several weeks I’d been noticing webworm (Hyphantria cunea) webs at the tips of tree branches. On the morning of June 25th, after the previous day’s rain, I was walking along an overgrown path in the southeast extension of St. Edward’s Park when I encountered a webworm web still covered with raindrops. I got in close to record the fantasy world. I don’t recall ever before taking a picture like this one. Happy new.

If you’re interested in the craft of photography, points 1 and 15 in About My Techniques apply to this picture.

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July 18, 2019 at 4:44 AM

A drizzle-drazzled droplet-dazzled view of a straggler daisy

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Straggler Daisy Flower Head with Drizzle-Dropped Funnel Web 8179

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The diminutive plant known as the straggler daisy, Calyptocarpus vialis, forms a natural ground cover in some parts of Austin. Here from the morning of March 17th in Great Hills Park is the little flower head of a straggler daisy with drizzle on it, along with much more sparkling drizzle on the spiderweb around it. To give you a sense of scale, I’ll add that a flower head in this species typically runs about a quarter of an inch (6mm) in diameter.

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March 30, 2016 at 5:01 AM

Coral honeysuckle as well

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Coral Honeysuckle Flowers Opening 8690

Another native plant I found flowering along Great Northern Blvd. on the drizzly morning of March 4th was Lonicera sempervirens, a vine known as coral honeysuckle, trumpet honeysuckle, and woodbine (the second part of that last name comes from the verb bind, which is what vines do).

To see the many places in the eastern half of the United States where this vine grows, you can check the USDA map (drag the slider upward to enlarge and reveal the county-level distribution). Why coral honeysuckle isn’t better known, and why people in its large native range don’t more often plant it as an embellishment in their yards and gardens, I don’t know.

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March 9, 2015 at 5:22 AM

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