Wow! Gorgeous photos, as usual. Spring is very welcome! Incidentally, I know that you have sweet vernal grass there (Draba verna), and I am doing a research project on it–if you would be willing to collect seeds if you see it, I would be very grateful. I first found your site looking for photos of it, and became an instant total fan of your photography since then. My contact is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks jpostal! Spring is developing quickly here now. After I saw your comment I took a walk down toward the river and (your timing was perfect) saw a patch of Draba verna in bloom and got a couple of photos and posted them to Flickr. I’d be very pleased to help with your research project! I’m sending you an email.
That’s wonderful, thanks so much–I was very excited to see the photos today on your blog. I love those cute little things–you have to look closely to appreciate them, and your lens opens that up to everyone.
The name seemed familiar, but I see that it’s here in Texas as introduced/invasive. On the other hand, on a Texas ag site, I found this about the uses of the plant: “The leaves have been used to treat colds, sore throat, scratches and asthma. Dried stalks have been dipped in wax to be used as candles and the yellow flower has been used as wool dye.” Quite useful, I’d say. I love the first photo. I’m becoming increasingly fond of the latter stages of plant life. They do have their own kind of beauty.