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Bear Grass

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 20 September 2010 in Plant & Nature.

On an outing to Mount Rainier to shoot star trails.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

curious...very nice dof

20 Sep 2010 5:53am

Kala from United States

Sharp image with nice DoF. And I've never seen this plant before!

20 Sep 2010 6:09am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I like very much the light on this plant and the beautiful background!

20 Sep 2010 7:38am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Standing tall.. beautiful shot.

20 Sep 2010 8:08am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

very curious flowers. What is it's name ?

20 Sep 2010 10:02am

@Marie LC: It's Bear Grass (Xerophyllum tenax) which looks like a grass but is actually closely related to lilies. It's found mainly in western North America. In Washington State, it's common on the Olympic Peninsula and in the Cascade Range.

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great capture of the Bear Plant - contrast of colours and depth of field works a treat.

20 Sep 2010 11:37am

mirela from brighton, United States

such beautiful and proeminent colors surrounding this colorless grass!

20 Sep 2010 11:59am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Beautiful shot

20 Sep 2010 12:16pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

that plant is huge!

20 Sep 2010 12:23pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Nice shot!Like the colour contrast...

20 Sep 2010 12:48pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Never heard of bear grass, but it looks quite bushy! Great capture against the nice bokeh!

20 Sep 2010 1:12pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

excellent detail and colors

20 Sep 2010 2:48pm

Diane from hythe, Canada

very appealing detail and contrasts. Love the rich colour of the lupins as well.

20 Sep 2010 3:04pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Great Bear Grass and Lupines too...wonderful view here!!

20 Sep 2010 3:25pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


20 Sep 2010 3:41pm

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Belle PDC ! Je te souhaite une agréable soirée

20 Sep 2010 4:26pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

I have never heard of bear grass. Do they call it that because it looks soft and cuddly, but it's really tough and dangerous? :)

20 Sep 2010 5:31pm

@Amanda: It is tough and useful. According to Wikipedia, "This species was long used by Native Americans who wove it into baskets. Its fibrous leaves, which turn from green to white as they dry, are tough, durable, and easily dyed and manipulated into tight waterproof weaves." This probably accounts for one of its other common names, Indian basket grass.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

So these were the first stars you saw.....;-) Usefull grass and a real eye ctacher:-)

20 Sep 2010 7:55pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

such an unusual this framin'

20 Sep 2010 7:55pm

Kiki from Ambert, France

It is the first time when I see a flower as that one! Beautiful shot with the development on her only !

20 Sep 2010 9:04pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

it's like it has a hundred tiny little hands and fingers - beautiful.

20 Sep 2010 10:07pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wow.. it looks more like Spring , then a beginning of Fall ;) Very pretty .

20 Sep 2010 10:26pm

@MARIANA: Spring comes very late up in the mountains. And then, it's winter. ;-)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful capture of detail in this bear grass which contrasts well with the colorful surroundings.

20 Sep 2010 10:40pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

What a super shot I dont think I have ever seen Bear Grass its so interesting

20 Sep 2010 11:43pm

Phil Morris from Canada

The dof is super, giving the photo some feeling of room to walk
around the main subject. Very beautiful colors and capture.

20 Sep 2010 11:49pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Nice fluffy flower!

21 Sep 2010 12:36am

Monte Stevens from Westerville, United States

And you didn't invite us. Hope you had a great time.

21 Sep 2010 1:03am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States


21 Sep 2010 1:20am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Nice spotting...I love how it stands out amongst the rest. Nice shot Steve.

21 Sep 2010 3:53am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Wonderful. I've never before seen this detailed plant.
What a lovely contrast with the purple flowers and green background.

21 Sep 2010 6:12am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

I've never heard of these bofore! It's beautiful. I like how it stands out against the background and other flowers. The detail and DOF are terrific.

21 Sep 2010 6:30am

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5******

21 Sep 2010 7:18am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Superb DOF! Beautiful image!

23 Sep 2010 5:00pm

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

how stunning . :)

23 Sep 2010 11:53pm