04.26.2022 Britches hung out to dry

Artistic license with the spelling.


Dutchman’s Breeches-Dicentra cucullaria, growing near Gunn Ledges. Because of their hanging and tenuous grip on the stem these are hard to catch still. 1/6 sec at ISO 400 and f/11 captured them fairly sharp. Most of these plants I find growing on the ground but occasionally they are elevated, either on a large rock or the ledge face. In this case, a large rock that has collected debris over the years which turns to soil and thus provides a nice compost medium for plants.

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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31 Responses to 04.26.2022 Britches hung out to dry

  1. Jane Lurie says:

    Always love a punny title. Sweet shot, Steve. πŸ‘πŸ»

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  2. From what you said about these being “hard to catch still,” I’m impressed that you pulled it off with a shutter speed as long as 1/6 of a second.


    • Patience, grasshopper. Maybe not in the great wide open, but in woodlands the breeze usually gives you a shot or two of stillness. 1/6 second sounds like a long time to a flower photographer but in the woods where I often have to shoot for seconds it is quick. ISO400 helped.


  3. Ms. Liz says:

    I’ve shared a link on twitter and as I said on the tweet, I love this photo!


  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Such a wonderful wildflower, nice capture, Steve.

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  5. Platypus Man says:

    Lovely shot of a hilariously named flower πŸ™‚

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  6. Lol! I remember learning the name of this wonderful wildflower years ago on a guided nature walk in upstate New York. Always stuck with me! I haven’t seen them in years. Fabulous image!

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  7. Todd Henson says:

    Nice. I’m glad you were able to find these in a position that was perhaps easier to work with than right on the ground.

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    • I try for that a lot more now that I am no longer as spry as at one time. If I were a wildlife photographer I am sure the creaking, cracking, and groaning when I get up from the ground would scare them all away.

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  8. They
    Ok a little like teeth to me.

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  9. Peter Klopp says:

    I like your macro shot and the creative title, Steve


  10. Delightful! Certainly made me grin.


    • Thanks, Allison! I guess the title can be taken otherwise if read too fast. One of my FB friends thought of the phrase “bitches be like” which I wasn’t familiar with. Pretty sure I won’t make a habit of using it. πŸ™‚


  11. shoreacres says:

    The shot is gorgeous. Period. Now, I’m thinking about that 1/6 of a second exposure, and your use of it in the woodlands. I’ve never dropped down that far, but in a place like Walden West or the Big Thicket, it might serve me well to do some experimenting. Now that I’ve had about four days of experience with 30 mph winds in open country, a little slowing down in the woods sounds good.

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    • Thanks, Linda. The tree growth here is fairly thick so good windbreaks. And our winds very often are sporadic so a little patience pays off. The other variable is temperature. It’s not exactly gale-like, but on a chilly morning one’s body heat creates eddies which cause a bit of motion. It’s helpful in those cases to step back with the cable release or use a timed release although the cable is more accurate in what’s happening with movement at a given moment.

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  12. Wally Jones says:

    Love the flowers with that dark woods background.
    I empathize with looking a bit harder lately for subjects a bit closer to eye level. Getting down is one thing, standing up again – well, being in a hurry is out of the question!

    Very nice technical work which resulted in a really pleasing image.

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    • Thanks!

      Maybe one reason I prefer to shoot alone is so no one sees me struggling to get up. πŸ™‚ I sure wouldn’t want to look up and see some menacing creature approaching and speed be of the essence. Here’s an example of what I don’t want to see when photographing wildflowers on my belly.

      Many years ago I used to carry a piece of black velvet for backgrounds. I decided that was making things too easy so now just work harder to attain a natural one. The velvet still travels with me at times but to be thrown over my head view camera style when the sun is over my shoulder.

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      • Wally Jones says:

        That rattler (and his Cottonmouth cousin) is one reason I always try to walk around a potential subject before laying down. I learned long ago I can’t outrun one of those critters. And that was before I turned old and gray!

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      • Fortunately we don’t see many poisonous snakes here. We do have rattlers but mostly on mountain or hilltops and copperheads.which I’d be more likely to see since I spend a lot of time in wetlands. Most of our other snakes are fairly harmless and if they do bite it just hurts and they are not venomous. We have a healthy population of garter snakes in the yard and I find them in our woodpile often.

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  13. Ann Mackay says:

    Lovely photograph which really shows the reason for the comical name. I’m trying to imagine what tiny critter could fit into breeches of that size… πŸ™‚

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  14. Excellent! The dark background and contrast work wonderfully.

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    • The ledges these are on offer nooks and crannies that can be lined up with the subject and some of these are perched atop large rocks that have collected soil over the years. Models just waiting for a shoot. Thanks, Denise!


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