Foxtails, sedges, and other grasses in the saline wetlands along the St. Lawrence River
I have been somewhat enchanted with silky foxtail barley since I was a child but these ones seemed particularly luxurious rippling in the saltwater breezes at the end of the day. The light had mostly slipped away over the horizon so I made these photographs using long exposures (with the camera mounted on a tripod) hoping to capture a bit of movement in some of the flora.
© Karen McRae, 2014
41 thoughts on “Foxtails & Sedges”
Love all that green! Beautiful images!
‘All that green’ is shifting but I like the autumn colours too. Thank you very much!
Yes! That slight bit of movement lends a lovely, subtle softness.
Thank you, Johnny. I’m glad you enjoy them!
I’ve always liked these types of grasses. Occasionally I’ll grab one or two stems intending to do some macros, but invariably the seeds stiffen, and what used to be flowing and flexible hairs become stiff and stand out nearly 90deg from the seeds.
I’ve found them difficult to capture in their natural habitat as I’m never really happy with the results.
I can, however, imagine the actual scene for the above, drawing on many examples from memory.
They are not a silky up close as they look! I’ve made other photographs of these before too, but I’ve never thought much of them – i like how these turned out, though.
Thanks for your comment, Emilio.
Probably because I can’t get to them right when I pick them . . . by the time I photograph them they have lost the whole ‘flowing foxtail’ look.
And yes, the photos are nice, liking the last one the best.
You’re an absolute genius Karen.. just wonderful!!!
Oh, I think that may be stretching it just a bit, Adrian! : )
Thank you, though, I’m happy you like these. The evening was a gorgeous one.
I think the last one is especially powerful!
Thanks very much, Christian, I like that one too.
Really amazing pictures!
Much thanks, Rabirius!
Lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves of this green ocean, our most cherished memories come alive. We are again the children we were.
A poetic response, Marcelo. Thanks for taking the time to leave these lovely words.
Nice, and you found a lovely light, Karen.
Some of my favorite things-ever so beautiful.
Nothing but beautiful ! To see the light, we need to take our breath.
Such rich greens. There is a sense of movement like a heaving sea, with crests made of light. I especially like the way you have captured the light in the last one Karen.
your photos are very interesting Karen. The third of them is particularly beautiful.
gorgeous photos all of them
Beautiful, but that 3rd image with the light catching the grass is amazing.
St-Lawrence River?? So you came in my country Karen? 🙂
Yes! I was in that area in August. In Kamouraska, which is a place I love!
This is a really nice place. Thank you Karen!
I love the layering that happens with the mix of different grasses.
Oh, how beautiful are these! I get a superb feeling when I look at these pictures.
Fairytales..I can feel them imagining themselves unseen in the low light!
Backlighting makes them even more beautiful! Delightful.
I like these, a lot – the shades of green, the textures, the gentle movement, the lighting. There is a magical atmosphere and mood about the third one.
Love the rhythm in the last shot – so many of your shots of flora seem to dance.
I always loved the foxtails, too.
Breath taking, awesome pictures
So beautiful Karen. I can hear their whispering gossip carried on the breeze.
Really diggin the last image!
I particularly like the light in the last one. Great shots.
Your final image here is just glorious, Karen. You are closer in to the vegetation and the lighting and textures are just wonderful – I almost feel as if I can reach out and touch them! Adrian