Monday, September 21, 2009
Picture This - Grasses Gone Wild
I've been pondering about the latest Picture This photo contest that Gardening Gone Wild is running. The challenge this month is to capture the beauty of grasses. My pondering is because at this point in time my ornamental grasses are only just now putting some seedheads on. A month from now they'll look great. But not so much now. So I guess I could go back and look at some photos from last year or so. Which is what I did. But lo and behold I became captivated not by my ornamental grasses, but by some beautiful (to me) grasses out in the wild. So I'm not sure if I can even enter the picture above since it's not in my garden. If it's not "legal", that's okay. I'd like to show you some grasses anyway.
These photos were taken last December in Davis Mountains State Park in far southwest Texas. I blogged about it back then here and here. I'm not sure what variety of grasses all of these are but in that area the most common grasses are species of grama (Bouteloua spp.), muhly (Muhlenbergia spp.), and bluestem (Bothriochloa spp.). Most likely the top photo is of muhly grasses (corrections always welcomed!).
This is most likely muhly as well.
My impression is that all of the plants in this region co-exist in some kind of neat partnership. These grasses look like bluestem.
Many different kinds of grasses exist side by side.
I just can't get enough of how the grasses contribute to that feeling of movement, peace and serenity.
You can see many more lovely photos of grasses in the Comments section of the GGW Picture This post here. I can't wait to see them myself!