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Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 13 July 2016 in Plant & Nature.

The plants that look like a brush or horse's tail are Horsetail. These are ancient plants that have been around, usually in a larger size, for at least 100 million years. They grow almost everywhere in the world. They are hardy plants indeed. I have seen them push up through asphalt at the edges of roads in the past.

At the very bottom of the frame are Devil's Club, fearsome plants, that will grow much larger and be covered with sharp, noxious and irritating spines on the leaves and stems. According to Wikipedia, "The plants are slow growing and take many years to reach seed bearing maturity, and predominately exist in dense, moist, old growth conifer forests in the Pacific Northwest."

The large smooth leaved plants next to the water are Skunk Cabbage.

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jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Joli rendu

13 Jul 2016 5:16am

Tataray from France

Magnifique sous-bois, belle luminosité. )

13 Jul 2016 5:57am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

The horse's tail appears to be consistent with its name. Narrate the plants was an interesting and very telling everything in the picture. Thanks for that.

13 Jul 2016 5:58am

Roland-T from Loverval, Belgium

Great shot here, bravo

13 Jul 2016 6:31am

jean pierre a from France

joli rendu! amitiés

13 Jul 2016 7:51am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Gorgeous painterly effect. Must be beautiful to see the Horsetails waving in the breeze.

13 Jul 2016 7:58am

Martine from France

Très joli paysage avec toute cette verdure.

13 Jul 2016 9:04am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

interesting effect. I like it.

13 Jul 2016 9:22am

k@ from Paris, France

Another dreamy greenitude I enjoy utterly !!

13 Jul 2016 9:49am

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Great capture in the beautiful play of light and shadow. I've enjoyed reading the text as well.

13 Jul 2016 10:44am

Devi from Chennai, India

Great capture and descriptions....I think I can relate to the Horse tails...have seen them here in the tropical jungles!

13 Jul 2016 12:26pm

martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle lumière

13 Jul 2016 1:38pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image and interesting information. Great light and lovely shades of green. :)

13 Jul 2016 2:12pm

Don from United States

I like the picture of the dense growth of these plants. Your explanation is very good and needed to grasp the unusual quality of these plants.

13 Jul 2016 2:53pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

A green heaven if you are on your toes

13 Jul 2016 3:24pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

THs is like a work of art. I especially like the area that looks so soft.

13 Jul 2016 4:49pm

Shiva from Berwick, Canada

Steve, your image is so beautiful (like a painting) and interessant, that I already spending 45 min at the computer and check out the three plants ----- The horse tails we have in our woods near Shiva's Creek and I took pictures but the other two are soooooooo unique ---- Devil's Club with all the long spines, I learned, its used in medicine and they show it on plates as edibles. --- But the forms, patterns, size all is so extreme with the skunk cabbage ------ Thanks for sharing ---- a fascinating and "educational" posting - superb.
Kindest regards as always Monika

13 Jul 2016 5:10pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great composition of beautiful color, sunlight and texture!! The horsetail in the center look so plush.

13 Jul 2016 6:32pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I remember huge Devil's Club in Alaska - really nasty plants.

14 Jul 2016 3:58am

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14 Jul 2016 11:41am

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

So nice. You made an extraordinary image from an ordinary scene.

16 Jul 2016 8:32pm

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Beautiful light, colors and painting effect !

18 Jul 2016 6:06am

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I am fond of plants, animals (trees, insects) by Shiva