You’ve heard the saying before: “The more I learn, the less I know.” After my walk at Bergman Park yesterday, I’m relating quite well to that sentiment. First of all, it had been a whole week since I walked that park and it was unbelievable how much had changed. A few of the spring ephemerals were hanging on, but the woods had a definite feeling of summer to it. What struck me most were the grasses, sedges, and rushes… a whole set of plants that I haven’t even begun to try to identify. A whole host of reasons to say “I don’t know” when asked “What’s this?”
Here’s a nice little introduction to the differences between grasses, sedges, and rushes: http://www.countrysideinfo.co.uk/grass_id/intro2.htm. I spent enough time at that site to determine that I managed to (unknowingly) photograph one of each yesterday: a grass, a sedge, and a rush. At least I think I did. At least I learned enough to know what to look for when I go back. Which I will. Because I’m insatiable when it comes to learning about nature.
I’m not sure I have it in me to become an expert in these guys… I must say, though, I was pretty amazed at the variety I saw… and the photography challenges they provide are enormous. They are a good subject for really learning about depth of field, I think…
There were some flowers out, too… (Now, now… watch what you say! Grasses, sedges, and rushes have flowers, too.) I’ll only post one here, today… my favorite: Forget-me-not. I love how the tight little buds go from green and white, to pink… then the flower opens out to this deep, wonderful blue.