INSPIRED BY GRASSES

Yes, absolutely. I love grasses – something about their linearity, and the swoop and curve of a blade’s path through the air…

In a mass, all of the fine cross-hatching’s are as delicious to my eye as print on a page.

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Enchantment

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A grass can embody the prettiest, frilliest, curvaceous dance…and other times it can be a spear, crisply delineating space.

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Absorbing light as easily as it accommodates a breeze, or reflecting light every which way, like water sparkling on a lake –

…blades catch sun and fling it back into space.

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Heavily textured, stiff and dry,

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or soft and feathery,

a field of grass can shimmer in summer heat like an ocean of sunlight.

Coated with frost, every stalk stands apart, each fuzzy outline adding crunch and texture.

Bamboo, prince of the grasses and always elegant, is dignified and somber at dusk.

And in the dead of winter, a common marsh grass seems to grasp its neighbor to forestall the inevitable.

Photos taken at Bellevue Botanical Garden in Bellevue, Washington; at Snug Harbor, Staten Island (NYC); at Juanita Bay Park in Kirkland, Washington; in a Duvall, Washington field; at Snug Harbor, Staten Island (NYC); on Mount Magazine, Arkansas; at Mount Loretto in Staten Island (NYC); on The High Line in NYC; at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington; on Topsail Island, North Carolina; in an upstate New York field; and at Ancient Lakes in Quincy, Washington.


30 comments

  1. I like these – a lot! Grasses, in all their forms, are a favourite subject for me too. I like your exploration of line, light, pattern and texture.

    • Thank you for commenting – the top & bottom ones were done recently (well, obviously the top one was in the summer) so that’s a sign of progess – some of the others are older. I’m glad you like the B&W – I liked the silvery tones. I don’t have the Nik Silver Efects software, just PS Elements and LR; sometimes I have to work hard to get it looking good!

    • Thanks – I like to find that abstract quality. Often I love the soft tangles, like the second shot, but when I experience a clear, glorious days like the first one, it calls for a different approach.

  2. Some really splendid photos Lynn – I too like grasses and they have taken a role in a number of my paintings – not always successfully but a field of grasses continues to inspire me.

    • Thank you Lynne – I have an old watercolor painting of quail that was my grandmother’s, and it includes beautifully rendered, long, graceful grasses – but against a white background. Even then, certainly not easily done.

  3. I just looked – love it – I was wishing I knew at least some of the latin (hey, even English!) names of the grasses above, but I don’t, other than the cultivated Hakone grass. And I know many are common, but they can be hard to identify!

    • You’re too nice! I really appreciate that – and I like to hear which ones strike a chord. It’s interesting – #6 makes me think of a motif that could be in middle eastern art somehow – that curl and the ornamentation, it could be in a mosque maybe. And #15 is a departure because it’s such a dry, dry place – I don’t get to places like that much so I have very few photos of that kind of landscape. Thank you again.


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