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Wild Grass - Kai iwi Lakes

Wild Grass - Kai iwi Lakes
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-09
Categories: Bushveld
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-18 4:29
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I think this is the flower of the wild grass, Paspalum. Taken at Kai Iwi Lakes Northland. The lawn was in need of a good mowing, but the wild grass made for a nice photo.


Description: "Tufted perennials [grass] to 180 cm tall, mostly less; culms mostly erect; glabrous; sheaths compressed, lower ones pubescent basally, upper ones glabrous; ligules to 3-4 mm long, membranous; blades 6-25 (rarely to 35) cm long, (3-) 5-15 mm wide; flat, pubescent at base, margins slightly scabrous; racemes usually 3-5, nodding, 4-10 cm long; rachises narrowly winged, 1-1.2 mm wide; spikelets paired, 3-4 mm long, green or purplish, plano-convex, ovate, acute; glume and sterile lemma alike, 5-9-nerved, apiculate, margins ciliate, obscurely pubescent on the back; fertile lemma 2.5 x 2 mm, indurated; caryopsis 2 mm long, reddish-brown, elliptic" (Stone, 1970).

Habitat/ecology: "Occasional to locally common on roadsides and sometimes in croplands, but it is not a major pest of crops" (Whistler, 1983). "The species prefers wet situations but on low ground may extend from rather dry prairies to marshy meadows. The plant succeeds on light soils or heavy clay soils and is drought-resistant and frost-sensitive" (Holm et al., 1977).

Propagation: Produces large quantities of seed.

Native range: Tropical America but widely introduced as a forage species.

The above obtained from http://www.hear.org/pier/species/paspalum_dilatatum.htm


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 5:00 p.m.
Date: 9th December 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/50
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 250mm
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Beautifull composition against a very pleasing background. A great example of "less is more". Great sharpness on the grass, good exposure and a great note to complement the image.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-12-18 4:37]

Hello Pam, very nice composition, colors that harmonize, very well done, Grants Didier.

Nice image Pam,
Good detail and colours. Great POV and sharpness.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Hi Pam,
it's a simple but beautiful compositon.
Th DOF and POV are very good. Nice colours and good details.
IMO you could add just a bit more contrast.
Great work.

Very simple - very beautiful. The background is so good. And you IDed it too (thats dedication). Thanks for sharing!

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-12-18 11:50]

Great green tone-in-tone, I like the simple uncluttered composition with the nciely blurred BG. Maybe a bit more contrast or sharpness, not sure, something to make the grass stand out more.

Hi Pam,
A beautiful simplistic composition that is very well done. Exposure and details are excellent. Nice OOF backround.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-20 2:16]

Hello Pam!
Wonderful capture.Well seen and composed.Blurred BG,3D effect and framing are excellent.TFS...:-)

Very simple composition yet unique subject. Nice BG. TFS

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