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Astragalus leaves

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Astagalus crassicarpa Leaves 6838

And here from the same stop on the north side of Old Lampasas Trail on March 24th is a look at the pinnately compound leaves of what I took to be a ground plum plant, Astragalus crassicarpus.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 20, 2014 at 5:54 AM

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  1. Elegant leaves.


    April 20, 2014 at 6:22 AM

  2. Very dreamlike quality to this, Steve. Very artistic and pleasing.

    Steve Gingold

    April 20, 2014 at 7:53 AM

  3. Rich color and depth of field.

    Jim in IA

    April 20, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    • I thought the shallow depth of field worked well for this “moody” portrait. You could say it’s good I felt that way, because short of using flash there wasn’t any other choice.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 20, 2014 at 11:24 AM

  4. Great photo. I love the depth of field focus. 😀

    Raewyn's Photos

    April 20, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    • Thanks. The shallow depth of field caused by the low light and consequent wide aperture produced a photograph in which only the closest tips and edges of some of the leaflets were in focus.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 20, 2014 at 3:35 PM

  5. It’s beautiful, the way the colors emphasize the focus. On a little outing Sunday afternoon, I started recording the varieties of green I saw in the new growth, but this blue-green wasn’t among them. I suspect the shadows helped to reveal it.


    April 22, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    • I think you’re right that the overcast day contributed to the tinge of blue in the background. As for green, I’ve been noticing plenty of light shades in the foliage that has been emerging over the last few weeks. In fact on the day you mentioned I photographed a young mesquite tree in Williamson County because of the light shade of green in its leaves.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 22, 2014 at 7:30 AM

  6. Beautiful photo of rich green foliage.

    Mary Mageau

    April 23, 2014 at 12:15 AM

  7. Love the composition of this photograph, with the few edges emerging out of the soft focus.

    Susan Scheid

    April 24, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    • As you know from having visited here for a long time, I rarely go for extreme soft-focus effects, but the low light dictated that here, and I liked the result. With other low-light experiments, I’ve often ended up throwing away the pictures.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 24, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      • Yes, I think it’s hard to come up with one that isn’t just mush. This one is definitely a winner.

        Susan Scheid

        April 24, 2014 at 8:51 PM

  8. […] the name Astragalus rings a bell, it could be because I recently showed photographs of a flower and some leaves of an Astragalus species found in […]

  9. […] milkvetch, or just groundplum. The species has appeared here only twice before, the first time as a limited-focus view of the plant’s leaves. A straightforward portrait of the flowers, as in today’s view, has a naturally pastel look […]

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