09.11.2018 Sunday afternoon…to the Gentians again!

I had a bit of a conflict on Sunday afternoon.  Mary Beth and I both enjoy watching football (American) and especially the Patriots. But Sunday afternoon saw bright overcast skies with occasional outbreaks of sunlight.  Gentians require midday sunlight to open but the bright overcast is better for photography.  It was a nice combination to make some images.  What to do?  Listen to the game on the radio during the half hour trip each way and then arrive back home in time for the third and fourth quarters. Cake and eat it too.  🙂

Once there, only a few were open to my surprise.  The buds I posted Sunday morning from a week ago should have been opened, but I guess not all were pleased with the overcast, bright though it was.  I only needed a couple so it was a successful trip.

I looked around for something a bit different from what I usually do.

And, the Patriots won their game.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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19 Responses to 09.11.2018 Sunday afternoon…to the Gentians again!

  1. Andrew says:

    Gorgeous images Steve. I don’t really understand football American style but I’m glad the Patriots obliged. A very satisfying day.

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  2. Faith says:

    Love that “something different”

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  3. That little grassy sprig is the perfect touch, it’s a knockout flower.

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  4. Photo number two is gorgeous with the addition of the seeded grass. Looks like a lovely flower arrangement. It is nice to know that your favorite team won and I hope you did not miss anything important. I am not amused by football and have never watched it on TV. But I like baseball and basketball is not too bad either.

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    • Thanks, Yvonne. I enjoy football the most simply because I grew up with it. Baseball too, although it now puts me to sleep. Not as much of a basketball fan as I used to be but if I do watch I prefer the college game.

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  5. That second picture is indeed different from your usual fare. Spice of life, and all that.

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  6. bluebrightly says:

    There’s just nothing like a gentian, and I like the delicate grass in the background in the second photo.

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  7. shoreacres says:

    Nothing fringy about this photo — except the flower, of course. I just can’t get enough of that second photo. I’m fond of grasses, and to see some combined in this way with the gentian is perfection.

    I think part of it’s that I’m coming to enjoy the sweet confusion of a prairie more and more. When I was in Arkansas, I was especially impressed with the way multitudes of species crowded the ditches. We have a lot of wildflowers around here, but they tend to bloom in as single species in many places. I’m sure highway department plantings have something to do with that. But seeing grasses and flowers all tangled up together? It’s delightful.

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    • We have highway plantings also but I think they are generally more diverse than single species. I’ll have to pay closer attention to that. OTOH, I rarely find a profusion of species. Usually just a couple at most. I imagine coexistence of species and families may have something to do with that. Nothing hereabouts like a prairie.
      I had been looking for a setup that could be a “see-through” composition which causes the green blur at the bottom of image number two. But the seed heads were a pleasant discovery.

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      • shoreacres says:

        I noticed that green blur, too. I like foreground blurs, especially with flowers, and that was a nice one. They make me feel like I’m sneaking up on the flowers — or at least stalking them.

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      • No sneaking, but I was pretty low to the ground for this one and, despite using a carpet sampler as a kneeler, my knees got soaked as the water was enough to saturate the carpet. Worth every damp moment. The blur does create a bit of intimacy.

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  8. I love the juxtaposition with switch grass in the second one. Really lovely.

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