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Crimson Clover

Crimson Clover
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Copyright: Lori Cannon (LCannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 137 N: 804] (3107)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-13
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Kodak Easyshare LS753
Exposure: f/3.0, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-13 20:12
Viewed: 3510
Points: 2
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I first found these clovers last year in Cascade Locks, Oregon, on my school bus run. I wanted to get back and take a photo of them, but never did. This last week they popped up and I decided to make sure I got a photo of them this year. There is a whole field of them and they look so beautiful. The wind was blowing just a bit, making it harder to get a good shot.

I thought this was a red clover, but in looking up information on it, I find it's a Scarlet, or Crimson Clover.

Photo: Cropped, Levels, REsized, USM

Crimson Clover: Crimson clover is an erect annual legume that grows up to 2.5 feet tall. Its foliage is light-green and covered with soft hairs. In spring, crimson clover may be identified by the oblong, bright crimson-colored flower, carried at the end of erect, hairy
flower stems. The root system consists of a central taproot and fibrous branch roots.

Crimson clover generally is planted in the fall. During the fall and winter, it grows slowly, the leaves forming a low rosette clump. It puts on most of its growth in spring, when tall, erect flower stems emerge and develop leaves at numerous nodes.
Flowering is induced when day length exceeds 12 hours. Crimson clover reseeds well if allowed to mature and if sufficient moisture is available. Many varieties have high proportions of hard seed.

Crimson clover may be used as a cover crop, green manure, pasture, or hay. It often is used as a winter annual cover crop in annual rotations. It has been used successfully in reduced-tillage farming systems, and in orchards and vineyards where it can be managed to reseed itself.

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Hello Lori,
Excellent post with the Crimson clover. PoV and DoF is very good.

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