By: danitacahill

Apr 24 2012

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Category: bokeh, Floral, Nature Photography, Rural Photography, Spring, Wildlife


Focal Length:300mm
Shutter:1/0 sec

Still on the subject of wildflowers.

This plant is called horsetails. It’s interesting to look at – to me anyway – in all stages of growth, although it is a weed to many people and hard to irradicate.

These are the first sprouts to pop up in the spring and contain the pollen. They are closely followed by the bristly, green, segmented sprouts that shoot straight up out of the ground rather like asparagus.

When the pioneers came over the Oregon Trail and settled in the Willamette Valley in the mid-1800s to early 1900s, they used these plants to scrub out their cooking pots. They nicknamed the plants “pot scrubbers.”

I’ll share a photo taken at a wider angle later today, so you can see what these plants look like in a typical colony.

To see what they look like after the first frost of the season with some post-processing color filters, click here.

Copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.


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