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Pictures for Pam, Day 75: Tangled Grass

Pictures for Pam, Day 75: Tangled Grass
(+3 insets!) (this image really shines at full size!)

Here's another picture from San Anselmo! On our second hike into the hills, we walked back through the residential streets to get home. Along the way was an endless stream of cool things to take pictures of. I was on a forced march though because Steve and Nathalie rarely stopped to wait for me, so I had to take pictures quickly and move on. I did manage to get some really cool shots though…many hundreds of pictures actually! :D

As I trailed behind Steve and Nathalie, I got a really cute picture of a sparrow in a tree, and later a darling hummingbird! At one point we all saw a bird that was hovering on the wind and I got several pictures that turned out! And Steve and Nathalie never noticed that an American Kestral was sitting in a tree nearby, but I did! :)

As we emerged into the residential neighborhood, I nearly began hyperventilating with all the sights in front of me. There was a lovely garden with wonderful landscaping and they used many kinds of ornamental grass species to dress it up. One group that caught my eye had some peculiar grass I'd not seen before. I saw that a pair of feathery stems had become intertwined and I couldn't resist trying to capture the beautiful tangle. I usually have very little luck with this sort of thing because my depth of field is usually too shallow or there's too much stuff behind that detract from the delicate grass. However, I will always continue to try improving on my failures because at some point I just HAVE to succeed. And so I did on this day! I don't know what kind of grass this is but it's lovely and this pair reminds me of a delicate sculpture. Kind of like a pair of hands clinging to one another.

I am also including insets of the birds that I saw on our walk!

Pam, I did a search on your photo stream for birds and my! You've gotten very lucky with some wonderful pictures! I am so envious--even CARDINALS!! Sensational! This collage you presented has me bouncing with joy, you lucky lady! There are so many wonderful bird pictures that wasn't able to look at even a fraction of them, but I also loved your Papa Bluebird collage too, the splishy-splashy bird bath images are just so much fun! I hope that you get the chance to take more pictures sometime soon, I love your photography so much. Sending my love on this cold and brisk day!

Explored on 1/23/19, highest placement, #1.

Marcos, Marco Zerbini, Vienuolis, Sarah P. and 58 other people have particularly liked this photo

43 comments - The latest ones
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome shot and PIPs!

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21 months ago.
sasithorn_s club
Excellent photo, Janet! Such brilliant and intricate detail!
The bird photos are also perfectly captured! I love them all:)
21 months ago.
Esther club
The grass is exquisite with the lighting and the soft background. Well done!
21 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club

21 months ago.
uwschu club
Lichtdurchflutet, die Sonne lacht :-)!
Schöne Aufnahmen
21 months ago.
Chrissy club
ist das schön lockig ♥♥
zuerst dachte ich, es seine Schneeflocken darin
21 months ago.
Amazing shot, Janet.
Stunning image.
Love it.
21 months ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Beautiful !!!
21 months ago.
 Sami Serola
Sami Serola club
Beautifully delicate discovery, and so well composed. And that bird collage on notes is very inspiring. Very creative framing on that!
21 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Delightful wispy capture it looks so fragile but tough as nails, A lovely series of images including the bird collage,
21 months ago.
 L. L. Wall
L. L. Wall club
... ethereal diamonds of pampas grass ...

... and a wintertime hummingbird !! ... on East Coast (well, Mid-Atlantic and north), an inconceivable concept ...
21 months ago.
 Ko Hummel
Ko Hummel club
some beautifull winterly pictures, even a hummingbird
21 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Gorgeous light and wonderful details Janet.
21 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
le second planlui va très bien janet !!
21 months ago.
 Graham Chance
Graham Chance club
Beautiful close-up Janet. Lovely lighting.
21 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Wonderful filigran shapes ! Very nice winter impression, Janet !
21 months ago.
Ruth club
This is very beautiful Janet, wonderful detail my friend.
21 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOWWWWWWW, marvelous, Janet !! Love the Pips, but my favor goes to the main picture which is soooooo pretty *********************
21 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
21 months ago.
 Noisette du 11
Noisette du 11 club
Superbe dentelle, la finesse de la nature... J'adore !
21 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Excellent capture!
21 months ago.
micritter club
Absolutely gorgeous! Perfect sharpness and depth of field. Lovely background colors. And the insets with the birds are fantastic too!
21 months ago.
Gudrun club
It looks marvellous in this light, you caught all the details beautifully and managed to blur the background very nicely. The birds in the notes are also lovely!
21 months ago.
 Gabi Lombardo
Gabi Lombardo club
amazing details...
21 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
What a magnificent set of nature's jewels********* here today everything is under the snow... **hugsss**
21 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wonderful light and detail.
21 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très jolies photo nature avec notes. Nicole.
21 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
21 months ago.
 Helmer Lortz
Helmer Lortz club
Excellent Brien.
21 months ago.
 Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿ club
This is a real beauty ! ******
Have a lovely evening, Janet.
21 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
"The beauty of nature lies in the details" I don't know if this quote is completely correct or who said it, but it's something I read in a photography book once and remembered.

It sums up this image perfectly. That lovely smooth background and the gorgeous light would have meant nothing if you hadn't captured those wonderfully delicate details in the grasses. This is just perfect Janet..!!

I like the bird images in the PiPs too, especially the 2nd one! Very nicely done!
21 months ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
the skirt of a fairy :-))
a wonderful delicate detail . I love the blurred background
warm greetings aNNa*
21 months ago.
cammino club
Interesting fine structures. Beautifully composed shot!
21 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Une graminée saisie avec élégance Janet, j'adore !***********
21 months ago.
RHH club
Perfect photo, Janet. Even like the bokeh with the angled man-made something-or-other, Those grasses are wonderful and a great example of the "small nature" one sees if one has his or her eyes open. There's always so much to see. Was going through some photos yesterday and had about 600 photos in a folder from last year with that title.

Told Nancy this morning when I got in that I was going to change my name to State Farm. Was out helping the neighbors shovel snow this morning. The widow lady next door has pneumonia and the lady across the street had to get out to look for her sister's dogs and couldn't - the plow had filled the end of her driveway, so I spent the morning shoveling.

First shoveled our drive, then the lady's with pneumonia, then helped the other lady get out of her drive and then the plow came through on our side and I had to start all over and clean ours again. Had 8 inches to a foot last night but it is fast melting. That only meant this morning, though, that it was "heart attack" snow. "Like a good neighbor..."

Did some research on Chia and discovered it ordinarily comes from a different species of Salvia (hispanica), but the one I photographed also produces edible seeds. We use it in a granola we make, though my wife pigs so much of it that we have trouble keeping it on hand. Has everything in it but the kitchen sink.

Here are some of my Fiddleneck photos: www.ipernity.com/search/photo?opt=&q=fiddleneck&w=162835&t=0&lic=&s=0. We have several different species in the area and love their curled flower spikes. Fiddleneck is a good name for them. Not surprised youu have them in your area since we've seen them all over the west.

Have to go make some Tom Yum soup for lunch, so had better leave this. Have a bunch of stuff that will go perfectly into that and so that's the menu. Tomorrow it's Nasi Goreng, one of our favorites to which we were introduced by Dutch-Indonesian friends. Perhaps a nice satay to go with it.
21 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Une belle macro, lumière et finesse !
21 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Superbe cliché ! Tout un poème à lui seul !
21 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
This is indeed a wonderful photo of the grass. How delicate is this? I just love this picture. The insets are great too, but this grass just takes the prize
21 months ago.
©UdoSm club
A brilliant macro ...
21 months ago.
tiabunna club
A lovely macro of the grass and beautiful bird photos, Janet.
21 months ago.
neira-Dan club
la belle dentelle !!
21 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
21 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
What a lovely main picture Janet. Looks like filigree! I have to also mention the beautiful PiP's. I love the collage!
21 months ago.

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