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Strangeness trifecta

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Tiny Feather on Upside-Down Broomweed Stalk 5866

So first there was the hole in the pad of a prickly pear cactus.

Next came the tiny leaf inexplicably impaled on some diverging spines of the same cactus.

Then, as I continued along the path leading back down off the bluff over Loop 360 at Bluffstone Dr. on January 21, I noticed a small, bedraggled feather caught on the tip of a dry stalk. When I looked more closely I found that the stalk was the stem of a dead broomweed plant, Amphiachyris dracunculoides, that had somehow broken off near the ground and gotten turned upside down. Now you’ve seen three strange things in a row, just as I did in short order that day.

(The reason that broomweed came to be called broomweed, by the way, is that settlers in Texas in the 1800s used to pull large plants of this species out of the ground, turn them upside down, and use them as brooms.)

If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that points 1, 4 and 8 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph—and the last two explain the dark background.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 1, 2013 at 6:16 AM

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