Monday, May 04, 2009

Going to seed already

Spring is a short interlude in Arizona, even in the mountains. April showers? Hah! A handful, if we're lucky. May flowers? Yes, a few, if only because up at our elevation, most early wildflowers are perennials; the annuals usually wait for the summer rains to make an appearance. Many grasses are already turning brown, though I found vivid green on my walk yesterday.

But the grasses are putting their energy into seeds.

Other delightful spring pods, ready to scatter seed for next year.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Our emerald-green hills are turning brown, too, now.

Feb. and March, I imagined I was in Ireland. :)

Love your c.u. of the dandelion! Do you have a macro lens?

~Anon in AV.

Granny J said...

anon av -- our winter rains weren't that good here in Prescott! The hills didn't do much greening this year. As for the macro shot -- the little Canon S3IS has a macro setting that works pretty well.

Anonymous said...

Picture number 3 is called Foxtail, it is dangerous to cats and dogs, when the seeds dry they cling to animal fur and then proceeds to bury itself into the animal's skin. I've had to take my cat to the vet once because she got a dried Foxtail seed in her eye. If you have an animal you should pull Foxtail while it is green and dispose of it in the garbage, the seeds only pose a danger when they are dry.

worldphotos4 said...

GJ, that last photo is super.

azlaydey said...

Every morning I look forward to your interesting photos that gives me another view of the world around.
Thank you.........

Granny J said...

anon #2 -- not in my backyard. That foxtail was a block away, on my walk a couple of days ago. Your cat's experience sounds excruciating; sorry such a thing happened.

steve -- love those puff balls! One way to preserve them is to spray with fixative or even with spray paints of different colors. I don't think this would work with dandelion puffs, in which the seeds are delicately attached.

lady -- it's my pleasure to introduce people to new ways of seeing things...

worldphotos2 said...

Interesting about spraying them, I've never thought about it, but good advice.

The Frame and I said...

Nice photos - I really like the contrast between the growing grass and the rock wall.
Kathleen

Granny J said...

steve -- I won't say that they always look natural when sprayed, but they are definitely interesting.

frame -- when I'm lucky I find grass seed heads against a good background. When I'm lucky. On the other hand, they are so beautiful that I keep trying no matter what the background.

meggie said...

To me, there is always something magical about thistledown!

Granny J said...

meggie -- I am fond of all those fluffy balls that different composites create. Also I love to photograph them...

 
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