Getting Dumber

I think it might be a SedgeYou’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.

Grass Two Rushes

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.

Forget-Me-Not

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6 thoughts on “Getting Dumber

  1. Jennifer, your photography skills continue to amaze me. You are so good with that macro! I like the phrase “The more I learn the less I know.” How true! One question always turns into 10.

  2. I love your photos of the grasses. I found 2 spectacular ones last week, and also tried to key them for a name. As far as I can tell, one is River Oats–lovely in a dried bunch. I guess I walk past it often, but just now “saw” it. So lovely before the mowers lop it off.

  3. I know what you mean Jen about the more you learn. Grasses, sedges and rushes – oh my, while I was in college I worked in the herbarium and mounted so many different grasses, sedges and rushes – I never knew there were so many different species until I did that. I love your photos of them!

  4. You are not getting dumber — you are getting wiser because tou know what you do not know. The grasses and sedges are great fun to identify — but do not try until your threshold of frustration is very high. Enjoy your enthusiasm,just the kind to lead a photography workshop in the field for other beginners because it takes one to appreciate the trials of being a beginner in anything.

  5. I think I’d need a guide to learn about some of these things.-sedges?grasses?-that’s going to have to wait for me.-Glad you enjoy it so much!-Good job with photo challenges.

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