Macro Series – Jan 2019

Here’s a challenge for you.  Name a shrub that flowers in the middle of the winter.  I’ll even show you a few pictures.

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This is what it looks like when it’s budding out – the normal “flower”.

But at the end of January (northern hemisphere), it decides to get all fancy on us.

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It puts on its Sunday go to meeting clothes, augmenting its usual velvet nodes with a crown of yellow flowers.

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And to top it off, the flowers, when they bloom, have a delightful aroma.  Any ideas? I think I heard it may originate in Japan, but my old geezer memories aren’t exactly bulletproof.

I took all the pictures in this set out walking on January 30.  I wanted to get some pictures of the mystery shrub in bloom, but it was a nice day by Portland winter standards so I walked a bit more.  What sort of things can you find out here in the American West?

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Howdy, podnah.
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Let’s do some roping.
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What y’all afraid of?   You yellow?
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Or maybe you’re just a redneck.
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Better watch out in that winter sun, you might start peeling.

Ok, ok, enough of the corny wild west theme.  Probably spoiled the mood.  Maybe I should just let you look again and come up with your own impressions.  I bet you can do better.  Comments are open…

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21 thoughts on “Macro Series – Jan 2019

  1. I know that one – but of course, I can’t think of the name. 😦 There was one growing next to the greenhouse at a botanical garden in NYC I used to frequent. I love that rope photo – very nice! One commenter above was right – it’s Paperbush (Edgeworthia chrysantha). Nice photos!

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