Here’s a spikelet of the grass Little Bluestem:
It’s complex and curious when you get close to it. As read about how to describe this pretty thing, I found some of the special terms for the floral parts of grasses. The slender spike on the top is the awn. With more time with the botanical diagrams I’ll be able to tell a lemma from a glume. A USDA plant guide I read says that if you want to harvest the seed of little bluestem you need to “debeard” it (remove the tufts).
You succeeded in getting all the parts of this plumy seed head in focus, something that I know from experience isn’t always easy.
If you had two of these seed heads then you’d have a dilemma.
One seed head was enough of a challenge! It looked pretty in my viewfinder, then I saw the issues as I looked more closely.
Stopping down to f/8 or f/11 wasn’t sufficient and messed up the background. With the lens I used, diffraction effects are a problem at this magnification using apertures greater than f/11.
Stacking several images at f/4 was the key to getting enough depth of field and a decent background.
It’s a beautiful photo of one of my favorite grasses. I smiled at the ‘F’ that the plant has formed. It’s not ‘F’ for failure; it surely stands for Fantastic.
Lovely shot of a lovely grass, a favorite of mine. In your photo I notice that the awn has begun to twist in a spiral, the way porcupine grass does.
There are many beautiful parts, but the awn caught my eye first. Thanks, Melissa!