May 31, 2009

designs in nature


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photo by Donald Kinney

These are "Horsetails" and they grow abundantly near moist bogs.   I've always assumed that Horsetails were part of the Bamboo family, but they're not -- they are a primitive form of Rush.

I found this info on the net:   "Another common name for horsetail is scouring rush. Due to high concentrations of silica crystals in the epidermis, the stems are very abrasive and have in the past been used to scour cooking utensils and polish fine furniture. Musicians who play reed instruments know this plant as reed rush and it is still sold today as a fine sandpaper substitute for the purpose of adjusting and sanding the bamboo reeds used on clarinets and saxophones."



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I found these water ripples in sand out at Bolinas the other day.   Mother Nature is quite artistic, as I'm sure you already know.



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Ah yes, one of my favorite places -- Lagunitas Creek...   Liquid art?



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Out at Roy's Redwoods, another of my favorite places, ferns sometimes play the roles of dragons...


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4 comments:

Mindy | f-stopMarin said...

Wonderful nature/pattern images. I've tried photographing horsetails before. Never got anything nearly as exquisite and magical as your photo.

rian said...

i like how the first image looks so "electric"! :D beautiful images here.. :)

AphotoAday said...

THANKS MINDY -- I don't think I've ever gotten such an exquisite compliment...

AND THANKS RIAN -- Yeah, electric -- interesting observation... The Wikipedia mentioned that the Horsetail has no true leaves...

Wonder Turquette said...

Splendid photos!!!

 
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