Readers’ wildlife photos

I now have a comfortable backlog of photos, but please keep sending in your good ones. This site depends on the goodwill of photographers, so let’s give them all a hand.

Today’s submission, with lovely photos of flowers, comes from Rik Gern. I’ve indented his notes and IDs.

I’ve seen your requests for more submissions to your Readers’ Wildlife Photos section and have been meaning to go through my files to see if there might be anything worthy of inclusion. I love that feature and would hate to see it go away for lack of participation, so I dug around for some pictures and then tried to find the Latin names. I think I got most of them right, but more knowledgeable readers may offer corrections.

These pictures were all taken in Central Texas and represent just a fraction of the region’s natural beauty.

Bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) are the signature wildflower of the region, but are more commonly seen in profile, so I thought an overhead view might present them in a different light.

For years I thought the Tufted Yellow Woodsorrell (Oxalis priceae) plants were clover, due to the shape of the leaves, but learned their true identity while preparing to send you this picture.

The identity of the Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum) was also a surprise, because I’ve seen back yards full of them and never imagined that such a pretty plant was deadly!

Flowers like the Pink Evening Primrose (Oenothera speciosa) are so common that it’s easy to take them for granted, but they’re always worth stopping to enjoy.

The Dayflower (Commelina erecta) makes an appearance in my back yard every few years and is always a welcome visitor!

I don’t see Winecups (Callirhoe involucrata) that often, but when they’re there, they’re hard to miss!

There are a lot of flowers that look like the Goldeneye Phlox (Phlox roemerina), so I’m not sure I’ve identified it correctly.

The Cherokee Rose (Rosa laevitata) is another whose identity I’m not really sure of, but no matter what it’s called, I like it.

The Mexican Hat (Ratubuda columnifera) has seen better days, but hey, who among us hasn’t? It’s aging gracefully, as I hope we all are!

All of these photos were taken with a Canon Powershot SD400 and played around with in  Photoshop PS6. I hope you can use them, and look forward to seeing this feature continue for a long time to come.


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted October 16, 2020 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    “… let’s give them all a hand.“

    Indeed! Hurrah!

  2. jezgrove
    Posted October 16, 2020 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photos and a great commentary – thanks!

  3. Charles A Sawicki
    Posted October 16, 2020 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Nice photos

  4. Bruce
    Posted October 16, 2020 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    A nice selection thoughtfully shot and narrated. Thanks Rik.

  5. Posted October 16, 2020 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Hemlock? Where’s Socrates when you need him?!

  6. rickflick
    Posted October 16, 2020 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Great color, spirit booster, as frost is on the pumpkin.

  7. Joe Routon
    Posted October 16, 2020 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Beautiful pictures, artfully photographed.

  8. Posted October 16, 2020 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    These are lovely! I especially like the dayflower, which i had not seen before. Thank you!

  9. Claudia Baker
    Posted October 16, 2020 at 6:01 pm | Permalink


  10. merilee
    Posted October 16, 2020 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful, Rik!

  11. Posted October 16, 2020 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful work, RIk. Your photos have a painterly quality that’s very entrancing.

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