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Eschscholtz’s buttercup

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When I came across this wildflower in Alberta’s Waterton Lakes National Park on August 29, 2017, I knew from the resemblance to native buttercups in Austin that I was looking at a relative. A little research has led me to believe that the flower in Alberta was an Eschscholtz’s buttercup, Ranunculus eschscholtzii. Other names for it are subalpine buttercup and spruce-fir buttercup.

This someone with an sch in his name has almost never encountered a name with two consecutive occurrences of sch. If you’d like to know more about the double-sch man, you’re welcome to read an article on Johann Friedrich von Eschscholtz. Look near the end for an unexpected connection between that early-19th-century naturalist and mid-20th-century nuclear weapons.

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January 12, 2018 at 4:57 AM

An antidote to winter

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As 2017 traipses to its end, those of you in frigid places might crave a dose of sunshiny warmth ‘long about now. Here from October 21st in my neighborhood is a dreamy look at some flowers on a goldeneye bush (Viguiera dentata). A flowerful 2018 to you all.

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December 31, 2017 at 4:58 AM

Claspleaf twistedstalk

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Now there’s a mouthful for you, whether you use the scientific name Streptopus amplexifolius or the vernacular name claspleaf twistedstalk. Because very little foliage had turned colors in Waterton Lakes National Park when we were there on August 29th, the yellowing leaves of this species that we saw in several places were a welcome sight. So were the little red fruits, about a centimeter long, one of which the second photograph gives you a closer look at on a different claspleaf twistedstalk plant. Here’s a site with more information about the species. Here’s another. And here’s still another that includes ethnobotanical uses.

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December 29, 2017 at 4:55 AM

Above and beyond the call

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Above and beyond the call of yellow put forth in the lower foreground by camphorweed (Heterotheca subaxillaris), you’ll find leanings and standings of Maximilian sunflowers (Helianthus maximiliani). Reaching in from the bottom left are some branches of paloverde (Parkinsonia aculeata).

This fall prairie display graced an undeveloped property along Joe Barbee Dr. in far north Austin on October 12th. I occasionally saw other Maximilian sunflowers around Austin through November. Just two days ago I found a few in the northern suburb of Cedar Park; while the bit of snow we’d had left their ray flowers bedraggled, the plants still stood erect.

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December 11, 2017 at 5:28 PM

Spittlebug on resin bush

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My first visit in a good while to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center came on October 25th. During that photo foray I noticed a resin bush (Viguiera stenoloba) with plenty of spittlebug spittle on it. For a closer look, click the excerpt below.

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November 21, 2017 at 4:54 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

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

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