Marja-Leena Rathje
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grasses in the wind


That visit to the pier offered many photo-ops including some lovely plantings of natural grasses.


I loved the evening light shining behind them;
their movement in the gentle breezes made it a challenge to capture them in focus.


A row of old buddleia or butterfly bushes still managed to bloom behind the construction fence. The bumblebees always managed to evade the camera!

Marja-Leena | 25/07/2008 | 6 comments
themes: Nature, Photoworks


I'm always astonished at the determination of buddleia - I've even seen them growing out of buildings. Grasses never seem to disappoint either. Your visit to the pier was a rich experience.

Olga, I would see these flowering bushes on roadsides and against rough buildings, thinking then to be wild. Only a few years ago I found out what they were, cultivated but adapted like free spirits!

We have a field of barley next to our house that is just a lovely surface at knee height in a gentle breeze. Hard to capture though

Rosie, that field of barley sounds wonderful; makes me miss the prairies.

I have been tempted to photograph grasses and done so less succefully than you. So I was pleased to see yours. It seems to have been a good year for Buddleia. But not for butterflies, at least in our neck of the woods.

Thanks, Joe, I tried with many failures! Usually you seem to post photos of just the flowers that I also planned to take and post but don't because I don't want to be a copycat, heh! Now that you mention it, I haven't seen too many butterflies except the white cabbage, nor as many bees as usual.