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An early relative of Millet

An early relative of Millet
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-04
Categories: Flowers
Camera: LeicaDLUX4
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-04 15:39
Viewed: 2705
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We live in one of the most eco-diverse areas of the US here in Eastern Washington. there are so many wild grasses and such that a few still have to be named. My local professors tell me and have told me before...the area is rich in geology, culture of natives with no written tradition and few left of those who pass on oral tradition.

Since I have seen this growing on the Wildlife Refuge as well as in weed filled lots...I decided to ask some "experts". Two out of three say it is an early form of millet which is grown for seed world wide but this one is in a native grass form....and since it's import apparently is not widely known....I decided to give it some dignity. At times it is most important to stop and take images of those things 99 percent will pass without thought...so I gave it some back light against a boulder where it stood tall but dying or dead none the less...

It isn't how important something is that makes it of interest. Perhaps let me guess that this plant cold hold medicinal qualities yet to be discovered...but research goes on in way too many area already....no time for an early grassy form of millet....ah well...

When You are Old
When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

tuslaw, Dis. Ac., CeltickRanger, roges, techranger, Luis52, anel, Alex99, Pitoncle has marked this note useful
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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-11-04 20:04]

Hello Bob.
A plant that I'm not familiar with, but shown wonderfully with very fine detail and natural colors. I love the back lighting and semi blurred BG. Very interesting looking seed heads, similar in appearance to the tiny hair like seed pods found in the common dandelion.

Hello Bob,

thanks from your kind words on my little butterfly.
Yes i'll do my best for the pictures.
This one are also nice with good backligt and pov.
Fine colours.
You have always very nice notes.


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-11-04 22:26]

Dear Bob!

The picture of this plant is superb. The light contrast makes it vivid and highlights the plant's shape and beauty. I also believe that the centered composition is the right choice for this subject. Your notes are interesting and deep, a welcome complement to the picture.

Kind regards


hello Bob

beautifully composed wild flower photo with fine POV and appropriate framing,
superb focus on it with excellent sharpness and details,
beautiful warm luminosity coming on it, TFS


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-05 7:13]

Hi Bob,

Again very nice and interesting as you present us this macro. Excellent playing and description, as you have us used.
Have a good day,

Wonderful lighting, shadows and highlights, Bob. Of course, detail is great. Vertical composition with the V of light and the accompanying light flare a perfect compliment to the beautiful image.


HI Bob,
that's wonderful, little stars all around the stick. Also pretty light in the weed.
Thanks, that's a good shot
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-11-05 15:18]

Hola Bob.
This is a truly fine art in photography
You did a great job here Bob, excellent light and very well framed picture. Very sharp and clear exactly were You need.
You are welcome here any time My friend.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-06 4:23]

hello Bob,
Interesting plant with its special and beautiful seeds. Well taken à contrejour, which allows to se well its radiating shape. A very old grass it is, to read your note..
I also like the melancholic verses, especially the last one.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-06 6:36]

Hi Bob.
Nice picture, nice note and sweet poem. Impressive use of lights and crisp sharp shapes of the plant. I also like wonderful N=BG which is smoothed precise and gives a nice idea about your cute place. Note is touching and full of content as usual for you. My warm regards and best wishes.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-11-06 8:57]

Hi Bob, once again a great use of the backlighting here. I really like the long thin crop too, which compliments this mysterious Millet nicely, well done.

Bonjour Bob,
Splendide contre-jour remarquable pour sa finesse et sa précision.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao Robert, splendid light on lovely plant, fine details and good sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

God has a plan for everything, yes, but I wonder if the reason for this millet cousin can be included therein, Bob!
I love this shot, the light is simply awesome!

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