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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.

NZ – 1.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 9, 2015 at 5:22 AM

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