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Ditch diving

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A recent post played up the advantage that plants in ditches get from the moisture the soil retains there. That’s how it was in a ditch on Main St. in the rural community of Thorndale on April 10th. The seed columns of anemones (Anemone berlandieri) vary a lot in length, with the one shown here coming from the long end of the range. Spiderworts (Tradescantia sp.) graciously provided the purple in the background. The second portrait shows the ditch-happy spiderworts in their own right.

© 2022 Steven Schwartzman




Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 26, 2022 at 4:33 AM

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  1. Ditch diving beats dumpster diving, for sure. At least it does most of the time; I have found a treasure or two in marina dumpsters. But ditches always have a treasure of some sort, as you’ve proven here.


    April 26, 2022 at 5:28 AM

    • My title intentionally echoed “dumpster diving,” with which I have no experience. In contrast, many’s the actual ditch I’ve gone questing for photographs in. Where the plants go, there go we.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 26, 2022 at 6:03 AM

      • I once found a solid teak hatch surround for a Cheoy Lee sailboat at a dumpster. I sanded and varnished it and sold it online for several hundred dollars. One man’s trash, etc.


        April 26, 2022 at 6:08 AM

  2. Beautiful fresh, spring colors!! Ditch diving at its finest! 💜💚


    April 26, 2022 at 5:49 AM

  3. Swell swale shots, splendid splash of color.

    Robert Parker

    April 26, 2022 at 9:05 AM

  4. Good observation, Steve. The grass is always higher in our drainage ditch.

    Peter Klopp

    April 26, 2022 at 9:14 AM

    • For the sake of wildflower portraits I often wish the grass didn’t get tall because it quickly overshadows many lower-growing plants.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 26, 2022 at 9:24 AM

  5. I find bloodroot like this one in a ditch near my home. Also Trout Lily and very scratchy Rosa multiflora which draws blood as I bushwhack. This was found in a ditch also.

    Your spiderwort seems to be having a fine year.

    Steve Gingold

    April 26, 2022 at 6:49 PM

    • Any nature photographer who ditches ditches misses out on good opportunities for pictures. I’m glad you didn’t miss the two ditches you linked to.

      Yes, spiderworts were pretty good this year, including in our yard. Their season has now mostly passed.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 26, 2022 at 8:00 PM

      • We’ve green leaves reaching for the sky but the flowers won’t be along for another few weeks.

        Steve Gingold

        April 27, 2022 at 2:36 AM

        • And not surprisingly I’m hoping for a few more grand wildflower colonies before our ever-early summer arrives.

          Steve Schwartzman

          April 27, 2022 at 4:54 AM

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