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Reed seed head in winter

Reed seed head in winter
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Copyright: bob cat (bobcat08) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 365 W: 19 N: 361] (1431)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-11
Camera: Canon G5
Exposure: f/2, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-28 1:56
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On a early morning in february I visit the Vlietlanden nearby Vlaardingen. This is the area of Nature Monuments. This is of the layer peat areas which have not settled. This comes because never drainage works have taken place. The sunrise was about 15 minutes ago. It had frozen that night and this reed seehead stood nicely. Handheld made. I hope you like it. And thanks for viewing

Phragmites australis Reed seed head in winter

Phragmites australis, the Common Reed (see Reed (plant) for other species also called 'reed'), is a large perennial grass native to wetland sites throughout temperate and tropical regions of the world. It is generally regarded as the sole species of the genus Phragmites, though some botanists divide the genus into three or four species.

It commonly forms extensive stands, up to a square kilometre or more (known as reed beds); where conditions are suitable, it can spread at up to 5 m or more per year by horizontal 'runner' stems, which put down roots at regular intervals. The erect stems grow to 2–6 m tall, with the taller plants growing in areas with hot summers and fertile growing conditions. The leaves are broad for a grass, 20–50 cm long and 2–3 cm broad. The flowers are produced in a dense, dark purple panicle 20–50 cm long.

The Common Reed is a very important plant for wildlife and conservation, particularly in Europe and Asia, where several species of birds are strongly tied to large Phragmites stands, notably:-
Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus
Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris

The Common Reed is inedible for humans. Some of its useage in native cultures include: Making baskets, mats, pen tips, and a crude form of paper.
In North America, the species' status was misunderstood. It was commonly considered to be an exotic species, not native but introduced from Europe; however, there is clear evidence of the existence of Phragmites native in North America long before European colonisation of the continent. It is now known that the North American native forms of Phragmites are markedly less vigorous than European forms; the recent marked increase in Phragmites in North America may be due to a vigorous, but otherwise almost indistinguishable European form of the species, best detectable by genetic analysis. This is causing serious problems for many other North American wetland plants, including the local form of the species.

Recent studies have characterised morphological variation among the introduced and native stands of Phragmites in North America. The Eurasian genotype can be distinguished from the North American genotype by its shorter ligules (up to 0.9 mm vs. over 1.0 mm), shorter glumes (under 3.2 mm vs. over 3.2 mm, although there is some overlap in this character), and culm characteristics. Recently, the North American genotype has been described as a distinct subspecies, Phragmites australis subsp. americanus Saltonstall, Peterson, and Soreng; the Eurasian genotype is referred to as Phragmites australis subsp. australis. Rhizomes of the plant are rich in N,N-DMT alkaloids (Wassel et al. 1985).

Synonyms include Arundo phragmites L. (the basionym), Phragmites altissimus, P. berlandieri, P. communis, P. dioicus, P. maximus, P. vulgaris.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phragmites

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-28 3:09]
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Hi Bob,
well worth getting up early for, you can really feel how cold this must have been! Very good DOF and nice detail in this Reed, thanks for sharing this!

Hello my dear friend Bob,
Very delighted to see your wonderful posting once again, my pleasure!
How are you, my friend!
you shared with us a beautiful image with a perfect lighting displayed here with a good pov on the Reed!
best DOF in perfect sharpness, wonderful colour and details
good job well done
best regards always

Hi Bob,
Very nice capture of this Phragmites australis at the right stage of flowering. The early morning light has brought out the details very nicely. Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-28 22:36]
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Hi Bob

Excellent POV with outstanding colours and detail. Well observed and captured.

This looks just like the area of the UK where I live - the Fens in N Cambridgeshire. My house had a dyke build by a Dutch man called Vermuyden at the bottom of the garden too.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-29 20:42]
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Hello Bob

The plume is very beautiful,and the sharp focus and detail has captured it exquisitely.
very good POV and DOF.
The portrait style (vertical) frame suits this composition.
Nicely done.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-05 2:17]
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Hello Bob,
WHat a beautiful early morning shot in lovely colours. Beautiful composition and the Reeds are beautifullly in focus against the frosty ground and the lovely colour of the sky.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi bob,

Details on the reed are beautiful showing a lovely fluffyness with good details..
Beautiful sunrise light also, this time of the day gives good opportunities to photograph on a sunny cold day!
Well done!


This is a very cool looking mood. I like the point of view, and the focus being intense on the reeds.
I also like how the ground curves in the DOF.
Nice work Bob.

Hello Bob,
Fine details in the straws!
The image has this fin e sense of depth thanks to an effective DOF, and I notice the frozen feeling...
A pleasant composition with fine colours of winter!
Pablo -

Hello Bob,

Beautiful composition. Nice sharp picture of this herb. Beautiful light and colours. Cold weather is back, unfortunately, at least for one week.

Hi Bob,
Well done in the vertical, I like the exposure with this very early morning light..Great detail, natural looking color.
Well done mf,

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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2008-04-01 14:54]
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Hi Bob,
nice composition, how much I miss this mornings with some mist and frozen grass.... I like all this soft colours, I can almost feel the cold weather...
Itīs a very nice POV, good details and good use of light. Good BG. Compliments!
have a nice day - TFS

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