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Grass Widows

Grass Widows
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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: 2008-03-01
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Kodak Easyshare LS753
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Purple Obsession 1, Flower(purple/violet) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-06 3:25
Viewed: 3919
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found these Grass Widows at the Tom McCall Nature Preserve. Usually a very barren looking area, in the spring these flowers dot the hillsides with a purple glow. These are usually some of the first spring flowers, sometimes peeking their heads up through the last of the winter's snow.

This day was cloudy and extremely windy, so I was surprised to capture these flowers as well as I did, although a couple of petals are still a bit blurry.

Olsynium inflatum previously classified as
Sisyrinchium douglasii var. inflatum or S. inflatum
It forms clusters of grass-like leaves which are shorter than the stems. The flower stems arise from 15-40 cm high, and are topped by 3-4 pale purple, blue, pink or white flowers. The petals are narrow and pointed. The stamens are yellow and the filament tube is strongly inflated just above its base. They differ from their cousin Olsynium douglasii in having the inflated filament and pointed tips to the petals.

This grass widow is found in dry open areas which are seasonally wet during the early spring. It may be bound in grassy areas in the sagebrush or sagebrush-juniper lowlands, within grasslands, and within open areas in the ponderosa pine forest.

To see more of the wider view I posted on TE look here:
My TrekEarth Photo

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To Evelynn: Hello Evelynn,LCannon 1 03-16 09:51
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Hallo Lori
I love purple and your posting of the Grass Widow made a big impression on me. I also added it straight away to my theme with the title "My purple obsession". The details of this flower are just stunning and there is so much to appreciate. The lavender coloured petals, the yellow and white coloured anthers, the hint of a shine on the flower and many more. I like your colourful background, with blue sky with what it looks to me like thunderclouds. I think it must be awesome looking at this purple blanket as far as the eye can see. Focus, sharpness and point of view are sharp. It was really a pleasure to look at. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

great pic, I like that the habitat is also visible! TFS Ori

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-03-06 12:09]
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Hello Lori, I haven't seen you for ages. How are you, and the family? Enjoyed your wintertime?
And what a beautiful spring scene this is. I don't know this flower at all - how pretty it is. And nice and sharp and colourful too,
Well done

Hi Lori,
Beautiful flowers. Excellent picture. TFS.
- Nirmal

Hi Lori,

I see the spring flowers are luring you out of hibernation : )

These are nice with good color and sharpness. When you posted flowers from there I kept planning to go up to Tom McCall Preserve and now here it is yet another spring. We'll be going near there in a couple of weeks. I wonder if there will still be some of these there.

Evelynn : )

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