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A certain look

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Goldenrod Turned Fluffy with Cattail Seeds 0206

Sometimes a photographer goes for a toned-down look by using software to remove much of the color from an image. You may think that’s what I’ve done here, but I haven’t: this is the subdued winter tonality I found when I wandered into a wonderland along Wells Branch Parkway near Drusilla’s Drive in Pflugerville on January 20th. The double dose of feathery white came from a colony of goldenrod, Solidago spp., that had long since gone to seed and was now getting coated with seed fluff blown off an adjacent colony of cattails, Typha domingensis. The bits of red along the ground and the faint overall rosy cast of the photograph came from the leaves and canes of some dewberry vines, Rubus trivialis.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 17, 2014 at 6:05 AM

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