White Rock native prairie – Spring 2013
It’s the time of Mexican hat and blanketflower here along Van Dyke Rd. in Dallas – a broad swath of native prairie playing host to the prolific bloomers.
The blanketflower grows so thick that when walking up on the field from a distance, it appears to be covered with red dirt.
Interspersed in the mix are stalks of blooming yucca above golden coriopsis.
Also spotted on a recent walk were several clumps of silver-leaf nightshade. Unlike its “deadly” European cousin, this particular plant is reported to have a number of beneficial medicinal uses.
This grasshopper certainly seemed to like it. (I didn’t even know the wee beastie was there until processing this image later – a fairly common occurrence in flower and macro photography.)