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This Texas White Prickly Poppy (Argemone albiflora Hornem. ssp. texana G.B. Ownbey) was glowing by itself in a shady area on the upper banks of the Colorado River, SE of Austin, Texas. The subdued light allowed me to capture the nuances of the pure white petals, which becomes difficult in brighter light. A visiting insect tried to hide as I was taking the photograph. From the USDA Plant Guide for this species (accessed at: plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/pg_aralt.pdf): "White prickly poppy (Argemone albiflora spp. texana) is an erect, prickly, deep-rooted, annual or biennial that contains bright yellow latex. A member of the poppy (papaveraceae) family, it has a showy white flower, with numerous yellow or reddish stamens. The sepals of the white prickly poppy are topped with sharp prickles, and the sepals fall off as the flower expands. The leaves also are spiny, which keeps cattle from eating it, since this plant is somewhat poisonous. The leaves of the white prickly poppy are so prickly that cattle will not even eat it during severe drought periods."
Gary Holmes, photographer: I am an opportunist photographer of nature, landscapes, abstract, and other found objects of interest. I prefer to capture the spontaneity of things and events as they are occurring, and rarely photograph staged subjects other than portraits. Although I have been a photographer for decades, I have only started posting them for others to see since about September 2012. Please see my largest collection of photographs posted at http://500px.com/holmesidepi. I had sufficient encouragement from posts on other sites to try putting some up for sale on Fine Art America (FAA), which offers a wide range of printing and mounting options not currently available on 500px. As a result, I have successfully sold some of my works. Unfortunately, photography is not my primary field, and I have limited time to expand my online presence, but I will continue to steadily post more of my best works on 500px and/or FAA every week. Please revisit my sites periodically.
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April 2nd, 2013
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