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Bulrushes blowing

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Bulrushes blowing; click for greater detail.

It dawned on me in early August that if we’re in a drought I should look for ponds and creeks that still have some water in them, because where there’s water there are plants that are more likely to be doing well. That strategy led me on August 10th to Meadow Lake Park in Round Rock, where I photographed some drying cattails blowing in the wind. The next day I went to a pond between Parmer Lane and Center Ridge Dr. on the prairie in northeast Austin. There I photographed some bulrushes (genus Schoenoplectus) that were likewise being buffeted by the wind. Note several cattails in the background; note also that British English uses bulrush for both of the types of plants that American English distinguishes as bulrushes and cattails.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 30, 2011 at 5:56 AM

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  1. They’re pink! Or is it a trick of the light? ~ Lynda


    August 30, 2011 at 6:48 AM

    • You’re right that they do have a pinkish cast. I went back and looked at the RAW versions of this set of pictures and they all have that pinkish cast, so it’s not an artifact of the way I processed this picture. I remember the tips of the plants being a little browner, but the morning light must have added the trace of pink. Thanks for pointing that out.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 30, 2011 at 7:03 AM

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