The Picture This-September photo contest put on by the fine folks at Gardening Gone Wild has as its subject matter: Grasses. While many varieties of ornamental grass are grown here, including the annual Red Feather grass shown above in the glory of its decay, Pennisetum rubrum, the very special grass of September is the muhly grass.
It was hoped that new photos of the beloved muhly grass, Muhlenbergia capillaris could be taken to submit. But as this shot from September 28 of last year demonstrates, it is unlikely the grass will be at peak before the cutoff date for entries of the twenty-second. Rats. To the files we go.
This shot from October 8 of last year on a rainy day is promising.
This one taken October 26 of last year coulda been a contender.
This one taken on November 14 of last year when we were experimenting with camera settings is full of mystery.
This one taken on a morning of heavy hoar frost on November 25 of last year shows the beauty of spent inflorescens well past their prime.
But this one taken November 8 of last year with the flaming fall foliage in the background trees is my pick to enter. The muhly grass is a frothy waterfall wet with dew and the illumination of the rising sun makes it look like a watercolor. Hope Judge Nan Ondra likes it.