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Old Man's Beard

Old Man's Beard
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Copyright: Billy C Banks (K9madtex) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 67 N: 278] (1022)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, Canon 70 - 200 f2.8L IS USM, Canon 72mm UV Haze
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-17 17:19
Viewed: 4195
Points: 12
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Old Man's Beard

Clematis drummondii

Old-man's beard is a vine with slender, woody stems that grows in dry washes and canyons in West, Central and South Texas. It can have a shrub-like shape, but usually climbs along the ground or over shrubs and trees by loosly twining petioles. It is dioeceous, with male and female flowers on separate plants. Flowers on both are inconspicuous, appearing in spring and summer, but on females they are followed by extremely showy fruits with 3-inch-long silvery tails from August through October. The opposite, pinnately compound leaves are decidous. It is cold hardy into the teens, but will grow from the roots the next spring after a freeze. It can tolerate moisture as well as drought, although it does best in well-drained soil. Once established, old-man's beard is almost impossible to eliminate.


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So cool! I was reading about this today when I was trying to identify my milkweed (yep, googling at work - shame on me! ha ha)
Wonderful work with light and dark here...great how the sunlight catches the edges. Good to see you posting again! :)

Hey Billy,
Good to see you back, nice image love the way you've handled the light on this shot, excellent exposure, highlights standout really well good composition well seen Cheers Rick :), yeap as you can see Iím busy at work too !

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-18 9:48]

Hi Billy.
What a nice subject and wonderful picture. I like your creative approach and skill. The backlight is superb, sharpness and details are fantastic. Composition of the shot is very impressive too. Bravo. Excellently done.

Hi Billy!

It really seems very similar to my post you critiqued. Your photo is also very fine with lots of details and beautiful lighting! I like it very much!
Thanks for sharing and for your precious help!


Hello Billy,
Wow, I've never seen such a thing, looks like a cross between cotton and milkweed.:o) Also looks like with enough of this stuff put together you could have a white Christmas down there!
TFS its a great shot and very interesting notes!

Hi Billy,
Great shot of the Old Mans Beard.
I love the light coming through.
This is considered a real baddie here in New Zealand.
Its on the list of the most noxious plants,with the potential to overgrow large areas of native forest.
I guess it wouldn't be a problem growing where it does naturally.
Thanks for showing us this.

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