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Two closer looks

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Here you have two closer looks than last time at Baccharis neglecta, a shrub or slender tree known as poverty weed, which in the fall produces no poverty of fluff.

The yellow in the background of the second picture came from Maximilian sunflowers, Helianthus maximiliani, and goldenrod, Solidago spp. Notice the characteristic herringbone pattern of the small branches.

I took these photographs in a “vacant” lot on the west side of Grand Avenue Parkway north of Royston Ln. on October 12. If this is a vacancy, no one need apply to fill it.

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November 18, 2017 at 4:52 AM

A colorful autumn scene on the Blackland Prairie

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West side of Grand Avenue Parkway north of Royston Ln. on October 12.

Fluffy white: poverty weed, Baccharis neglecta.

Nearer yellow: goldenrod, Solidago spp.

Farther yellow: Maximilian sunflowers, Helianthus maximiliani.

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November 17, 2017 at 4:53 AM

Relentless, relenting

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All that gorgeously relentless yellow you saw last time in a field of Maximilian sunflowers (Helianthus maximiliani) in far north Austin on October 12th has led me to relent and give you this much closer view of a monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) that I photographed there that day.

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November 11, 2017 at 5:02 AM

I am monarch of all I survey

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Unlike the narrator in Cowper’s poem, the first line of which is this post’s title, what I surveyed in far north Austin on October 12th was a colony of Maximilian sunflowers (Helianthus maximiliani) with monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) and other insects busily working them.

I’ve taken much closer pictures of monarchs over the years and even on October 12th. I chose to show this more-distant photograph because I wanted to emphasize how relentlessly yellow the Maximilian sunflower colony appeared to me with the sun’s rays shining through the flowers’ rays.

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November 10, 2017 at 4:28 AM

Time for prairie agalinis

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What would autumn in Austin be if I didn’t show you at least one picture of prairie agalinis (Agalinis heterophylla)? This October 21st portrait is from the same property in my hilly northwestern part of Austin where I found a ladies’ tresses orchid.

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October 30, 2017 at 4:42 AM

Prairie flameleaf sumac fruit

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In my neighborhood on September 26th, the first time out taking pictures since returning from Alberta twelve days earlier, I found luscious fruits on some prairie flameleaf sumac trees (Rhus lanceolata). A few of the leaflets on this one were also turning red rather early in the season.

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October 26, 2017 at 4:46 AM

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Details, details

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In a comment an hour ago on this morning’s post about a Great Plains ladies’ tresses orchid (Spiranthes magnicamporum), Dianne requested a closeup. Okay, I’m easy. Here’s a zoomed-in look at a picture I took yesterday of one of these orchids alone. Actually not alone, as I discovered when I looked at the enlargement: in the upper left corner of the picture you’ll find a crab spider whose body probably wasn’t more than one-eighth of an inch (3mm) long.

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October 22, 2017 at 11:40 AM

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