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Silver bluestem seed heads blowing

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November 9; Brushy Creek Lake Park in Cedar Park.
Silver bluestem = Bothriochloa laguroides.
Backlighting; shutter speed = 1/640.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 9, 2020 at 4:36 AM

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  1. Gotta love those computer generated spam comments. Also gotta love how you used the wind to your advantage.

    Steve Gingold

    December 9, 2020 at 5:05 AM

    • And even more often I take advantage of backlighting. Silver bluestem seed heads especially lend themselves to that.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 9, 2020 at 7:12 AM

  2. And here they are! I’ve been waiting for your photos of the silver bluestem; it’s one of the loveliest grasses we have. Well, except for little bluestem, and bushy bluestem, and Gulf muhly, and… This is grass season as much as leaf season, and on a nice, sunny day, they really do shine.


    December 9, 2020 at 7:28 AM

    • And here they are indeed! Gulf muhly’s in the pipeline for next week, and I may still show a little more bushy bluestem. I’m with you in the claim that this is “grass season as much as leaf season.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 9, 2020 at 10:42 AM

  3. A really beautiful grass! I was looking at some sites just now, about the ag school at Cornell promoting “Niagara,” a variety of Big Bluestem, for forage. The varieties I’ve seen in the north are pretty, but don’t have this great pearly look of the seeds heads in your photo.
    I wonder if “pelf” is still in use in some corners of the former British Empire, the way you sometimes hear people in the U.S. use “bread,” or “moolah,” etc. just for fun. Pelf actually seems kind of useful, in the sense of pilfered money. I guess we’d say “loot” but pelf is a lot shorter than saying “embezzled or misappropriated funds.”

    Robert Parker

    December 9, 2020 at 7:47 AM

    • Silver bluestem is one of central Texas’s most appealing grasses, and it has the added benefit of being quite common here. I’ve portrayed individual seed heads, for example


      but there’s nothing like a backlit colony of them, as in today’s picture. The common name bluestem has gotten used pretty loosely, settling onto various species that are in different genera, as you may have noticed with big bluestem (Andropogon) and little bluestem (Schizachyrium), neither of which matches the Bothriochloa of silver bluestem.

      Your second paragraph suddenly got me to thinking that the zillions of self-help books and programs out there in contemporary culture might be better described as pelf-help for the creators of those books and programs.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 9, 2020 at 10:57 AM

  4. I did not have the ‘pleasure’ of receiving such garbled comments. I wonder what their purpose is other than to annoy the recipient. I’d rather view grasses swaying in the wind.

    Peter Klopp

    December 9, 2020 at 7:52 AM

    • I think the main purpose is to get people to click over to the websites of the people sending the spam, the goal being to sell products and services or to otherwise scam people out of their money.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 9, 2020 at 11:01 AM

  5. Your silvery shimmering pelf is certainly due some lettuce 😀


    December 9, 2020 at 8:44 AM

    • When I took my silvery-haired self out shopping an hour ago I bought some organic red romaine; I somehow don’t think that’s the kind of lettuce the spammer had in mind.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 9, 2020 at 11:05 AM

      • Haha probably not. But through our silvery hairs we have earned wealths of wisdom and experience. And I’ll take red romaine every time !


        December 10, 2020 at 8:57 AM

  6. 😀 Spam is pretty funny sometimes. Thank god for spam folders!

    Eliza Waters

    December 9, 2020 at 4:36 PM

  7. When is the pelf delivery coming??? Hilarious, Steve, I’m glad someone made something amusing from spam.


    December 21, 2020 at 2:32 PM

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