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Blowfly Grass

Blowfly Grass
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 2 N: 140] (672)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-15
Categories: Nature, Macro
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-18 1:42
Viewed: 2018
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
I was supposed to fly back from Greece to Belgium on the 15th. But the Eyjafjöll volcano has other plans for me… I had the chance (!?) to spent the first night of my life in a Thalasso club near Athens airport, paid by Olympic Air. In place of testing thalasso cares, I made a walk around to search plants (including this one!) and insects.
The two following days were more difficult (Vienna-Brussels on packed trains!), but I’m lucky comparing thousands people still on the way…

Briza maxima L.
Family: Poaceae
Common names : Big Quaking Grass, Blowfly Grass, Shelly Grass, Shell Grass [En], Lágrimas, pendientes, tembladera, bolitas de toro [Sp], Tremble annuel, grande amourette, grande brize [Fr]

Briza maxima is an annual distinctive grass, with compact, almost rectangular florets that shake in the breeze. They start out as a pale green with deep brown bases, then fade to a pale golden brown, often purplish. The plant is glabrous, with stem erect. It grows to a height of 60 cm.
It is cosmopolitan grass, Mediterranean native, but cultivated or naturalised in the British Isles, Australasia, North, Central and South America.
It grows on disturbed soils, road sides, phrygana.

Blamey M., Grey-Wilson Ch. (2005), Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean, Domino Guides, London, 2005.

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Hello Catherine,
I liked diganonal posture and off centre position of flower, good light, dark BG. Black color enhances visual impact.
Selahattin E

Hello Catherine! Amazing shot. Perfect background, perfect contrast, ideal sharpness. Original composition. Sophisticated effect. Well done!

Bonjour Catherine,

Tout à fait originale!
Belle diagonale de cette plante aux splendides couleurs nacrées.
Mes compliments pour cette élégance mise en page sur ce fond d'écrin noir.
Bon dimanche. Yolande

hi catherine;
a very naif shot.really a freat work of eleganth colors and sharpness.bravo

Hello Catherine,

Nice shot. The flowers are unique. The composition is perfect. TFS.


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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2010-04-18 7:43]

Very interesting grass and graphically well composed photo, I like the silver tones on black BG

Hello Catherine,a good presentation with a very suitable dark bg to show off this pretty grass.
Excellent sharpness.
Their colour is very subtle.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Bonjour Catherine,
Magnifique photo très bien cadrée. J'aime beaucoup l'arrière plan et la netteté de l'image. Les tiges semblent métallisées tellement elles sont fines.


Dear Catherine,

Wow, what a delicate grass species with perfect details!

I love the textures here, shown with such great clarity and perfect natural colors. The light is very well managed. Marvelous work!

Hope you had a great time in Greece.

Best wishes,

Bonjour Catherine

Superbe macro de cette si jolie et si délicate fleur sèche!!
Le satiné est magnifique et lumineux!
Quelle beauté simple de a nature!!
Bravo Catherine!

Hello Catherine!
So simply and so great!
Wonderful detail, colours and perspective!
Best regards!

Hello Catherine
This is a very delicate picture of this grass.
Light, colors and sharpness is very good. I like the soft and smooth background.
Best regards Siggi

What a fantastic presentation of these interesting flowers dear! Impressive one!
TFS and ahve a nice weekend!


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