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Brittlebush - Season's First Wildflower

Brittlebush - Season's First Wildflower
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-20
Categories: Desert
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flower(Yellow) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-22 7:31
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Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This may be the first Brittlebush flower on TN.

Brittle Bush
Common Names: Incienso, White brittle bush
Genus: Encelia
Species: farinosa

The brittlebushis a common plant of the Mojave and Sonoron deserts. It is a small deciduous shrub which grows as a low, roundish mound 2 to 5 feet high. Brittle branches sprout from a woody trunk. The leaves have serrated edges, and are broader at the base than at the tip. They are about 1 to 4 inches long. The leaves are covered with a thick mat of short hairs giving a gray-green appearance. Many desert plants have this kind of hairy leaf. The hairs form a blanket over the leaves and act an insulating layer against the heat and cold. They also trap any moisture that is in the air, and reduce the amount of water lost to dry air.

The brittlebush flowers from March to June, turning the desert bright yellow. It's a member of the sunflower family and its flowers resembles the sunflower, only in miniature form.The flower is disk shaped, on long bare stems, rising several inches above the mound of white leaves, giving an impression of a layer of color over the plant.. It has a solitary head with a dark yellow-orange to purplish mound of disk-corollas from which radiate 1 inch yellow rays with a lobed, squared off tip.

Brittlebush has had many uses in the past. The stems of the brittlebush secrete a clear resin which was used by Native Americans from the Southwest as a glue and also as a gum. Ground up it was used by the Seri Indians of Mexico as a toothpaste. They also would sprinkle the paste on sores or heat it and spread it on their bodies to relieve pain. The early Spanish missionaries burned it as an incense.

Mule deer and desert bighorn sheep browse on it, and kangaroo rats will eat its seeds, but aren't all that fond of it. Other than that, it isn't used for domestic livestock. Brittlebush is most useful for rehabilitating landscapes, and stabilizing disturbed areas. It is used in Arizona to minimize erosion near highways.


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Good Morning Jane!
And what a delightful way to awaken. I can smell the coffee brewing in the kitchen and now here at the computer while looking out at some gentle snow, I see this nice reminder that none ill last long.
And so the Brittlebush serves many purpose..Helping in keeping topsoil is a pretty big plus! And as for being "pretty", that certainly doesn't hurt! Very nicely caught and super lesson for the day!

  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-22 8:05]

Hello Jane,
What a nice surprise from you today - a beautiful yellow flower with silvery leaves!
Excellent sharp focus, lovely colours and fine details. Brilliant capture and I like your composition very much too. This cheers me up in yet another storm that's just beginning here!
TFS and have a nice day, Ulla
P later

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-22 8:20]

You're the woman with the yellow flowers! I had noticed them to find out they're shot by you. Very nice picture and interesting notes. As for me in the north, I have never seen those little beauty. It's a great shot with perfect dof and the yellow is a joyous reminder that spring is coming soon... later for some ;-(!!! Bye bye,


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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-02-22 8:42]

Hi Jane,
I like the bright colors and the compo of this duo. Nice pearly look of the inside of the flower. Interesting note... toothpaste...
Well done and TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-22 8:49]

Hello Jane,
Lovely capture of the Brittlebush flowers. I like the composition of the one flower above the other and the arrangement just slightly to the left of center and they show so well against the natural OOF BG. Congratulations for this first for the species on TN.
Thanks for sharing this attractive image,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-22 8:49]

Hi Jane

Great harbinger of spring! Well composed shot with good detail and nice colours.


Hello Jane
What a lovely flower and a warming thought to the onset of spring when nature finally awakes from the sleep of winter.
Perfect framing and I love the stems reaching up from the background...the yellows are vibrant and very well saturated.
Thanks for this one jane...(im just going to turn the heating on!!)


Great yellows,
I can't wait for the spring my self, great way to get us all in the mood for it though,


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-22 10:47]

Hi Jane . If not the first on TN its the first i have seen ever so thanks fo posting. Your picture looks 3D on my computer. very bright colours and detail. A nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

Hello Jane, they are pretty flowers, well chosen composition nice colour saturation and contrast. The light looks good also, TFS rgds Necip

Hi Jane, great couple of splendid yellow flowers, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

Hola Jane,
Excelente macro de bonita composición y gran definición, con luz y fondo magníficos. Saludos
Jose Ramón

Hello My dear friend Jane :)

Today is a surprises day:) As you indicated, we both posted flowers today which is unusual for both of us. Your capture is ALSO very beautiful and excellent friend! Great with sharpnes and nice composition. TFS.
Hava a nice weekend!

Hi Jane

Lovely brittlebush flower capture with splendid focus, wonderful colors, great light and excellent sharpness! TFS.
Greetings, Bahadır

Hello Jane,
It's amazing to find wildflower so beautiful and pretty as this!
very good size posting to enjoy the closeness of it in good sharpness, colour and details!
a good and useful notes too
good weekend

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-22 15:28]

Hola Jane.
Muy bellos colores de estas hermosos flores, nunca las he visto, una nota muy interesante tambien.
Saludos Jane

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-22 22:11]

Hello Jane,
You chose a flower for today's posting I see, very nice capture
it's very beautiful, it might be the first on TN.. Well done


Great vivid color. Wonderfully sharp - really has almost a 3-d effect in its sharpness. Well done!

Hello Jane,

Congratulation on your first wildflower this season. Nice yellow contrasting well with the blurry background. The sharpness of the petals and the inside is very good. Well done and have a wonderful weekend.


Magnifique, elles sont superbes ces fleurs, les couleurs sont extra, très belle composition.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-02-23 10:24]

Hi Jane
very nice image
I like it
well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-23 19:23]

Hello Jane

Beautiful and bright.
These flowers struck my eye in the gallery.
Wonderfully composed in the frame.
Lovely detail and focus.
The lighting is very good with well saturated colours.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-24 5:06]

Hello Jane, we're not there yet here...:-) Well composed image with those beautiful flowers! Great shot, thanks!


Hi Jane,
Nice one. TFS.
- Nirmal

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-25 10:27]

Hi Jane

This is a sharp, detailed and vibrant change from the bird images. Obviously you can do both high and low shots.



Hi Jane,
A nice capture of this beautiful flower "Brittle Bush". Well composed image with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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