Sunday, July 5, 2009

Sunday Stills: Wildflowers

Well, I spoke too soon--I would be a kid in a candy shop on this challenge if we were not in a severe drought. One of the reasons I moved to this lovely place was the wildflowers. However, our area has had the driest and hottest 22 months ever recorded here since record keeping began in the 1800's. I am more like a kid in the dentist's chair.

Our searing 106 degree plus temps for the last couple of weeks are also breaking new records. Here is a Lady Bird Centaury with a few blossoms left beside my nearly dry spring.

Mostly what I have to show now is dead and dying flowers. As a botanist, it is not uncommon for people to send me envelopes of crunchy vegetable matter. What was it? I call this Forensic Botany. Here we have some spider webs on something from the Primrose family taken over by other insects. Notice how well they blend in--bodies like the dried floral tube and legs like the webs. Hard to tell one from another.

The remains of this Hummingbird Sage look like old party streamers. I like the way the spent red blossoms twist.

Our Spring happens in April so many of our wildflowers have already set seed. This is Illinois Bundleflower. Don't ask me what it's doing in Texas, but it is considered native. I like the way the seeds are attached, sort of like and explosion of brown fireworks. In a bundle. In Illinois.

For examples of wildflowers not fried to a crisp by the sun, visit the talented folks at Sunday Stills.

11 comments:

Pacey said...

Such lovely wild flowers there.

The Real Deal said...

Very nice, even when they're all dried up!

Tammy said...

The first one is very pretty!

Magpie@Smiling Country Ranch said...

"Forensic Botany", sounds like the next big-hit TV series to me!
Great photos :)

WhimsybyMari said...

great pictures even with the drought, we have had 2 years of very dry weather in KY also.

Welcome To Wilmoth Farms said...

I think they are wonderful pictures, a flower doesnt have to be in full bloom to be beautiful!

thecrazysheeplady said...

I'm sorry your flowers are dried out (and glad it's still raining some here), but your shots are nice regardless.

Far Side of Fifty said...

I enjoyed your view! Your photos show a very unique and interesting style..which I really like. Sorry about your drought, but you still managed to capture stunning photos! Forensic Botany..I am always amazed..some people send me a photo of a flower for ID and only give me the bloom..hey people lots of flowers look the same..I need foliage and to see leaf attachment etc.. I have lots of different photos that I have taken myself..of wildflowers for ID but I always try to include a foliage photo too! I hate the dried up parts in an envelope ..a dried up puzzle:(

Kilauea Poetry said...

I love these captures & that red with the background- just beautiful!
Thanks for stopping by. I'm a bit unfamilar w/sunday stills..are our links those in the comment section where others read and go from there? Thanks if you even have time to respond- I didn't get a reply from the main site yesterday so I took the link down thinking it was for only one day? Also, appreciate your warm comments on my blog-

One Red Horse said...

I enjoy images of flowers at any point in their lifespan. The bundle flower is wonderful. I'm with Magpie, we need a new show - maybe FBI for Forensic Botany Investigations. Oh snap, FBI is already spoken for.

CTG Ponies said...

Very pretty, even dried.

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