<< Previous Next >>

Elegant Grass

Elegant Grass
Photo Information
Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-22
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 80-400 OS, Hoya UV 77mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-25 3:50
Viewed: 3175
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

This elegant grass with the waving seed-heads of silver is one of the most recognisable of wetland plants. It is New Zealand's largest native grass, growing from 4-6 metres tall, and found in moist soils or on the banks of streams. There are four species of toetoe that are found throughout New Zealand, and it flowers from December to January.

The Maori used toetoe extensively. The leaves were used for lining the walls and roofs of homes, plaited into baskets, mats and tukohu, cylindrical containers for steeping food to cook in a hot spring. The feathery tops were used as a lining in sieves to extract the poisonous seeds of tutu berries.

Medicinally the feather top was used to stop the flow of blood, and the ashes of the plant were applied to burns as a poultice. Not surprisingly (since a variety of toetoe is known as 'cutty grass'), the sharp leaves were used to make incisions for blood-letting.

It is easy to mistake native toetoe for the introduced South American pampas grass, which is becoming a serious weed in Canterbury. Pampas is usually more upright in appearance, and the flowerheads often have a purplish tinge to them, rather than the silver of toetoe.

Information obtained from http://www.ccc.govt.nz/Parks/NaturalAreas/waterways_plantlife.asp

Image Information

Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 6:08 p.m.
Date: 22nd March 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Sigma 80-400mm OS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/1500
F-Stop: F/6.7
Flash: No
Tripod: No
Focal Length:128mm
ISO: 400

red45, PDP, normanw, scottevers7 has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-25 4:31]

Right! Simply, beautifull and elegant! Great blue sky. Similiar plants grows nearby my house so I hope I'll post many of photos of them soon :-) TFS!

Nice shot, well composed. It would need and bit more sharpness IMO.
Well done.

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-25 17:09]

Hi Pam, nice shot, good details and a nice BG. I like the composition but maybe a taller frame would have allowed a greater view of the stems. Good work.

The first thing I noticed was how balanced this picture felt with the leaves falling out from the stems and then how detailed the heads are.

Aside from that, the note was very helpful because I originally thought this was the pampas grass and had no idea that there existed such a plant as you describe. Very interesting.

Beautiful shot! When I did my cattails shot awhile back, I also did some grasses like these against a Blue sky. Great detail and color. I like this one very much. Simple and perfectly done. Nice Work!

Calibration Check