Blacks Crossing Photography and Writing | fine stemware

fine stemware

July 16, 2017  •  7 Comments

Human beings create any number of both artful and utilitarian objects using nature as a guide.  Frequently, what some might consider pedestrian, such as the humble goatsbeard seed head, lend themselves to both the artful and useful.

Goat's beard or yellow salsify (Tragopogon dubius) is part of the aster family, and is similar to the common dandelion in its seed distribution.  After the yellow flowers go to seed, a puff ball sits at the top of the stem, awaiting an animal, insect, or strong wind to send its delicate stemware flying.  At least to me, the seeds look like a champagne or wine glass rimmed in gold.  You can see a clearly defined base and bowl on each stem.

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What is astonishing is that from a distance, the seed head looks like a puffy ball.  But viewed in detail, each stem brings the feathers together that form the "stemware", and each stem gives the head strength and substance.

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If the seed head is touched or blown by the wind, and if one or more of the pieces of stemware is carried away, the cycle is complete.  The fine stemware evolves into its utilitarian stage of planting future generations.  Many photographers have photographed and left incredible images of goatsbeard. Now it is the turn of other photographers, including you, to take up the challenge nature offers us.

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Can't wait to fill that beautiful cup for a special occasion.
Catherine Sobredo(non-registered)
Beautifully artistic!
Extraordinary vision! If only everyone had your talent to see the beauty in all things. Could we request you consider publishing an art book to capture all your blogs/ photo essays? Image Three above would be a dramatic and enticing cover. It already has a place reserved on our living room table!! How about it, other Daryl fans?
Steve Immel(non-registered)
You are knocking it out of the park, sister. What an eye you have. Your "wine glass rimmed with gold" is both poetic and apt. "Exquisite....delicate ...artistic" indeed.
Vegetarian fireworks exploding!
leave it to you to see what us commoners overlook. Stemware???? Yeah baby!
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