Portraits of Wildflowers

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Poverty weed tufts and leaves

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The previous post showed a landscape view of the supple-branched little tree called poverty weed, Baccharis neglecta. This closeup from the greenbelt off Taylor Draper Lane on October 7th reveals the linear leaves of this species and the brushy tufts that its fertilized flowers produce.

If you’re interested in the craft of photography, you’ll find that points 1, 8, 9 and 15 in About My Techniques apply to this image.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 13, 2016 at 4:43 AM

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  1. Nice to see a follow-up with the details. The tufts seem to want to appear in threes, What interesting structures!


    October 13, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    • I see what you mean about threes. My impression is that that’s just happenstance but I don’t know.

      An old name for this plant was artist’s pencil, where pencil was an equally old term for what we would now call a (paint)brush.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 13, 2016 at 10:22 AM

  2. Just yesterday, I passed through Pencil Bluff, Arkansas. It’s a tiny place, and would be easy to brush off, but the people at the gas station were nice.

    Your pairing of these photos is interesting. I’d hoped for the sort of blue skies that you showed in the previous post while I was in the mountains, but alas: it’s been haze, fog, cloud, and rain since I got to the area. What to do? Look for views like this, until the sun comes out again. I’d forgotten how attractive this plant is — it’s a really nice photo.


    October 13, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    • I assume it’s not a Bluff when you say you didn’t brush off that Pencil in Arkansas.

      Sorry you got murky skies in the mountains. As you noted, that’s a good time to turn from landscapes to details. Clouds kept coming and going while I was attending this poverty weed. I ended up using a flash to compensate for the cloudiness and also to gain some depth of field.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 13, 2016 at 11:11 PM

  3. Looking at your image of a small part of one plant made me think about the enormous amount of effort it must take to produce that volume of seeds, each tiny one perfect and all identical.


    October 14, 2016 at 4:56 AM

    • You make a good point about the energy required to produce all those seeds, each of which is a storehouse of energy for a potential new plant. As we know, the large majority of all seeds go to waste and never do produce a new plant.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 14, 2016 at 8:34 AM

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