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Giant bristlegrass

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Near where we first parked at the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge on October 6th was some giant bristlegrass, Setaria magna. I scrunched and strained to get into a position from which I could play the seed head off against the cumulus clouds overhead. The result shown here strikes me as an emblem—of what, I can’t say, though the cloud nebulously recalls the shape of Antarctica.

© 2019 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 1, 2019 at 4:50 AM

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  1. Your image is bristling with interest.


    November 1, 2019 at 4:55 AM

  2. Your seed-head looks as if there was a puffball in its ancestry.

    Steve Gingold

    November 1, 2019 at 5:04 AM

    • We could send a sample to Ancestry DNA to find out.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 1, 2019 at 4:46 PM

      • I think it looks more like a tail of a cat than a cattail does. Cattails look like corndogs.


        November 11, 2019 at 5:50 PM

        • I agree that this looks more like a cat’s tail than a cattail does.

          Steve Schwartzman

          November 11, 2019 at 6:27 PM

          • Cattails look like wet cotton candy right now. The marsh where they grow here is referred to as the ‘corn dog orchard’.


            November 13, 2019 at 8:34 AM

  3. It does seem emblematic, like the “amber waves of grain” ones they’d put up in school.

    Robert Parker

    November 1, 2019 at 7:07 AM

    • I like the connection you’ve made. The Gulf Coast doesn’t have purple mountains’ majesty so it has to do amber waves of grain.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 1, 2019 at 4:47 PM

  4. The shot of the bristle grass against the blue and white background turned out really well, Steve. It is also one of my favourite techniques.

    Peter Klopp

    November 1, 2019 at 8:40 AM

  5. Sharp focus on the grass, the fuzzy cloud in background works well.


    November 1, 2019 at 8:48 AM

    • Having clouds in the background lets me concentrate on getting the foreground subject in focus. Soft clouds in or out of focus serve equally well.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 1, 2019 at 5:28 PM

  6. This is a wonderful shot, Steve!!!


    November 1, 2019 at 10:00 AM

  7. This is gorgeous, especially superimposed over a white map of Canada.

    Michael Scandling

    November 1, 2019 at 12:12 PM

    • In addition to seeing the clouds as Antarctica, I also saw them as Canada and was going to mention both, but in the end I decided to leave out Canada and see if anyone else saw the likeness. You did.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 1, 2019 at 6:38 PM

  8. Even though the form isn’t perfect, I saw grass and cloud together, forming a circle: a lovely symbol of the reciprocity of earth and sky.


    November 1, 2019 at 9:47 PM

  9. Super image .. worth the scrabbling about 👏


    November 7, 2019 at 10:16 PM

  10. Looks as if the cloud is embracing the inflorescence. Isn’t it fun moving around a subject to get a different take than one normally would? A true artist, you are, Steve.


    November 17, 2019 at 8:18 AM

    • Moving around to try out different vantage points strikes me as a requirement for taking pictures. I’d be remiss if I didn’t do that.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 17, 2019 at 9:19 AM

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