Purple Milkweed Vine (Matelea biflora), Fern Bluff Park, Round Rock, Texas 1

Purple Milkweed Vine (Matelea biflora), Fern Bluff Park, Round Rock, Texas
The Purple Milkweed Vine (Matelea biflora) is rather common in its native habitat of the south central U.S. (Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico). However–because it is not showy–the species is more often missed than noticed by wildflower enthusiasts. Indeed, most books on wildflowers omit mention of it. Out of a stack of popular books on wildflowers in ...

Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis): Fern Bluff Park, Round Rock.

Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis): Fern Bluff Park, Round Rock.
Every walk I took in the Fern Bluff park in Round Rock, Texas, during 2007, began with parking on Park Valley Drive, next to the toddler playground. While on one of those walks, meandering between the curb and the playground, this pretty orange flower caught my eye. The first one that came into view was so ...

Mountain Pink (Zeltnera beyrichii), Linda C., Southwest Austin, 2005

Mountain Pink (Zeltnera beyrichii), Linda C., Southwest Austin, 2005
Linda had written me concerning a snake in her yard, but because she could not supply a photo it was not possible to be very helpful to her. We discussed the fine art of photography, and she admitted to being an erstwhile photog of some repute: “I think this is a better one of the ...