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Little bluestem

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Little Bluestem Gone to Seed and Turning Colors 9297

When I was on a mission to photograph ladies’ tresses orchids on Westcave Loop south of Bee Cave on November 11th, what first caused me to stop in that neighborhood and get out of my car was a stand of little bluestem grass, Schizachyrium scoparium, that was turning warm colors as it produced its end-of-year seed tufts. Across the road from this drying grass is where I found the little white milkwort that you saw two posts back.

If you’d like to see the many places in the United States and Canada where this grass grows, you can check out the state-clickable map at the USDA website (unfortunately the Canadian provinces on the map aren’t clickable).

If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that points 1, 2, 6, 9, 12 and 15 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 11, 2013 at 5:59 AM

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