Sunday, October 10, 2010

MACRO MONDAY ~ NATIVE BASKETGRASS BLOOMS

This is Oplismenus hirtellus ssp. setarius, not the introduced subspecies causing problems in Maryland. I love this little native grass since it grows all summer in shade. These blooms have little crimson 'whiskers' once a year that radiate from the bloom spike. I had to lay on the ground to get these shots while the fleeting sun angled through a hole in the canopy. A minute later, the light was gone and so was the moment. To make matters even more challenging, the camera could hardly focus on such a thin subject. So, I'm happy with these shots. Hope you like them. For more super-duper macros visit Lisa at http://lisaschaos.com/ . Thank-you, Lisa, for hosting this wonderful collection.
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So, just out of curiosity, do any of the rest of you crawl on the ground to get photos?

11 comments:

  1. But, of course! Anything (almost!) for the best shot! Your tiny, fragile blooms are awesome!

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  2. I love getting acquainted with native plants from other states -- other countries, for that matter. And I'm about to crawl on the ground to photograph some nerines. Sometimes it's the only way!

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  3. Of course, all the time - crawl, lie on my stomach, side, back. Whatever it takes, even if it does mean getting looks from anyone close by.

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  4. Yes, indeed I do crawl on the grass to get photos!

    Basketgrass looks fascinating! I'm going to Google this to find out if it grows in Ontario!

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  5. Very nicely done. And, I not only crawl, I climb, I chase, I do anything necessary :)

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  6. it is funny what we will do for the snap LOL it is a very pretty grass isn't it

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  7. Very nice flowers against the blurry background and Yes, i do crawl on the ground a lot ;-)

    thanks fro commenting!

    christina, sweden

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  8. I've seen this beauty before, but never knew the name!! I've learned something today, thanks to you!!!!

    Here is a link to my MACRO MONDAY Do hope you can stop by for a visit!

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  9. Oh those are just dandy! Yes, I too get one the ground. :)

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  10. I'm so impressed with these - I've crawled, stooped, leaned, climbed, perched and craned and sometimes I get what I want and other times - total swing and a miss. I have Jewels of Opar that I've yet to get a decent shot of - they also are spindly and surrounded by other plants that always seem to crowd them out of a shot. Nice work!

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I always appreciate your comments & questions! Happy Gardening from David/ Tropical Texana

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