Tag Archives: flowering grasses

More from the Stipa sketchbook

See also A Stipa sketchbook.

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A Stipa sketchbook

I enjoy exploring the expressive potential of natural objects  –  grasses, seaweed, pebbles etc  –   sometimes isolating them from their background, sometimes changing their context or, maybe, increasing or diminishing colour saturation or other tonal adjustments.

Among my favourite subjects is the flowering seedhead of the tall stipa gigantea, a grass with elegant six foot wands that sway with the breeze in late summer and early autumn

 

Sometimes the rotation of an image can suggest a change of character.

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Grass textures

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Grasses in the sunlight

Looking across the sheepfield this morning there were strong shadows contrasting with the sunlight illuminating the textures of the seeding grasses

 

and the sheep!

 

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‘There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow’

This picture is of the sheep field next to my garden.  Yes, it is a meadow and yes, there is a haze  –  partly golden but also with a pronounced pink tinge.  The haze is created by the tiny seed heads being wafted by the breeze.  At a distance the camera is unable to focus on the smallness of the moving seeds – hence the haze.  I very much like the mystery of the resulting impressionistic image.

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June Grasses (3)

The final selection!

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June Grasses (2)

A second selection:

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