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Blue-Eyed Grass

Blue-Eyed Grass
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Copyright: John Denk (jpdenk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 3 N: 74] (333)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-19
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D90, 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor
Exposure: f/11, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wildflowers of the World, Plants of the Chicago region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-27 18:07
Viewed: 4250
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Blue-Eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium genus (not sure which species yet) is an attractive little plant in the Iris family. There are somewhere between 70 and 150 species in the genus. The exact number is uncertain, as this is a confusing genus with form complexes that some taxonomists separate into species which some others may or may not recognize. The genus is native to the Americas. Most species have blue flowers, although a few don't, having white or yellow flowers.

These were found growing in degraded prairie near the edge of a slough in damp soil. I am still working on ID'ing them to species. I think they may be Sisyrinchium mucronatum, but I'm nowhere near being sure yet. I will be doing more work to ID them and will update this if I get a sure ID.

They are a favorite of mine, and are very attractive little plants, particularly when found in colonies.

Subkingdom-Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision-Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division-Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class-Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Family-Iridaceae – Iris family
Genus-Sisyrinchium L. – blue-eyed grass

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-05-27 18:55]
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Hello John,
Not sure if I've ever seen any of these little gems, but they are very attractive. Excellent job of getting the flowers at center and top right in sharp focus while blurring out those in the BG. The exposure is right on the money allowing their blue colors to be shown in gorgeous natural tones.
I seem to have trouble with light blue or even yellow flowers wanting to over expose and get that washed out appearance at times. These are exposed just perfectly. Great work!!
PS. I took the grandkids out for a walk in a nearby park this evening and saw some really nice mushrooms growing on a log. I didn't have my camera with me, but I immediately thought of you. I knew you would have been able to identify them with no problem.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-27 20:33]
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Hello John,
very special composition that gives a nice and catchy graphical view. The sharpness and the clarity of the flowers among the blurry green make this scene so pleasant and pretty.
Very artistic to me, as the top corner is also lively.


Good Morning MF John,

Nice to see you come back! The combination of shadows and haighlighted areas yield a beautiful floral composition. You have very good focus and lighting control on both flowers, and the proper DOF blurs the background well.
TFS and have a nice WE MF!

ps. i am in trip theredore i've not available on TN. Soo sory for delaying to commenting your posts MF.

Hy John
Are quite delicate this Sisyrinchium flowers. I saw them only in the botanical garden, probably planted there.
Very good image, taken with fine details.
Very well done!

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