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.

Mexican hat and blanketflower

Mexican hat and blanketflower

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.

Yucca and coriopsis

Yucca and 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.

Silver-leaf nightshade

Silver-leaf nightshade

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.)

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

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