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One consequence of cattails coming undone

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Cattail Fluff Covering Dry Plant 4240

In the previous post you saw the way a cattail, Typha domingensis, was coming undone. Nearby I noticed a dried-out plant that had had a scaffolding of cattail seeds and fluff erected around it by the wind. The site of this sight was a sump on Samsung Blvd. in northeast Austin on August 12. If you double that 12, and if you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that point 24 in About My Techniques is relevant to this photograph.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 21, 2013 at 6:01 AM

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  1. Our natural world is so interesting and so beautiful, thank you for sharing some of your sightings.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    September 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

  2. As a past weaver, it reminds me of woven fabric–simply lovely.


    September 21, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    • Thanks for your perspective on that, and all the better for coming out of your experience with weaving. In this case the wind was the weaver.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 21, 2013 at 7:52 PM

  3. Once again, the parallelisms in nature stand out. The cloud could be fluff, or the fluff could be captured strands of cloud. I really like this one.


    September 22, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    • Good imagination. Even Joni Mitchell probably never encountered a cloud depicted or described this way, and I’m guessing that Annie Dillard never did either.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

  4. A clear case of entrapment if ever I saw one.


    September 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    • The dry plant was the culpable party but I “entrapped” the image onto the camera’s sensor.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 23, 2013 at 11:58 AM

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