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Red Samphire (Salicornia rubra)

Red Samphire (Salicornia rubra)
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Copyright: Bob Airhart (bobair) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 400 W: 128 N: 1764] (6393)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-05
Categories: Water Plants
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 300mm F4L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-08-06 22:21
Viewed: 5369
Points: 0
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Today I offer at least for me a fascinating plant by the name of Red Samphire (Salicornia rubra).I have seen this plant a number of times in the past but I thought it was some sort of flower with a nice red colour so I decided to investigate the plant and photo it's blooms,well as it turns out this plant turns red as it gets older and the flowers it has are very small and seldom are seen.I would say that it would be about 6 or 7 inches tall and very bushy as you can see.I took some time on the net to get the plant's ID and other information.These plants like salty marshes/sloughs and sometimes will grow on fairly dry land as well.The numbers can become large enough to cover a sizable area of marsh and give an appearance of a solid carpet of red and in the workshop I show just such a carpet with clumps of grasses mixed in.I like the texture of these plants that form on the marsh that is High River's local bird sanctuary.The image in the workshop most years would be all water,however in the last two years here we have had less than normal amounts of precipitation and the first photo shows the marsh bottom with cracks in it.It has been raining here for several days now and even with all the rain that has fallen I was able to walk out onto the marsh and not sink into the mud.Both photos were taken under very overcast skies and I set the ev value for both at +1.7 to +2.0 respectively.

One more thing about these plants is they are edible with a bit of a salty taste,cooked or raw.Before I forget,when fully grown the colour will be all red as per the Latin name Salicornia rubra,rubra=red.I hope you see the texture as eye pleasing as did I,even plants can be beautiful and the nice thing is they don't run away when photoed.


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