Pampas Grass

Pampas grasswhere i live pampas grass  is considered sort of “ornamental”….probably because it can grow and thrive here in the sand…in other places it is considered a noxious weed…in other places i have read that planting pampas grass in your front yard means that you are a “swinger”…well almost everyone in the outer banks has pampas in their front yard, and i am guessing there just are not that many “swingers” here….just my guess…anyway , as usual, pampas is in the eye of the beholder….i love it at sunset as here…i popped the in camera flash for this one…..

3 Responses to “Pampas Grass”


  • Maybe because my lawn is covered in a thick frost this morning that I look at this image and see an old time pane of frosted glass. Interesting how one image of reality can morph into another, and on different levels: my past vs. your present; a state of water vs. a gift of land. Even the colour captured changes my perception.

    On a different, “different” level, I get a lot of pleasure thinking of the creative self-expression of the photographer here, and my reception of it. It sort of has to do with the above thoughts; it’s also my considering why you chose this moment, why you framed it this way, why you communicate this here and now. Lately I’ve been looking at photographs less as images and more as structures restricted by four edges – if that makes any sense. This is the kind of composition that fits that current fascination.

  • JEFF

    like you, i always wonder “why?” a photographer chooses to do one thing over another…the motivation for selection….and yes why indeed some images tend to morph in our minds into others referenced deep down..

    my whole impetus for doing work is not to work..not to try too hard..and to make whatever is in front of me my subject…partly i am sure this is because i have caught so many airplanes and traveled for thousands of miles to be in the “right place” for making photographs…and this i still do …the next weeks will find me in Mexico and Korea…a lot of security lines and where is MY bag between me and a picture…

    most of my pictures on Road Trips are literally from within about 20 feet of my front porch, as is this Pampas grass photo….so i either travel very far or i don’t move at all….both have their rewards……

    for this i was just watching the sunset from my front porch…a classic enjoyment for most….everybody likes watching the rise and fall of the sun….a reminder of time as no other…..the spinning of our planet around the sun…i saw the light coming through the silky tassels at top of the plant just caught my eye and i “softened” it by just using the built in flash on the iPhone…no big deal…i played with this for a few minutes and then the light was gone…

    i cannot “get over” the basics…the basic pleasure of simply capturing a moment that will never be the same again…even with something as simple as a plant in my front yard….i could never take that same picture again no matter how hard i tried…..i don’t care at all that there are two billion other people taking pictures at the same time, and mine has little significance….matters not…

    what matters is that i felt good doing it…yes, just the act of doing it…and then my little moment is shared with you and you got a little something out of it….that’s enough….and you of course will do the same for me….

    cheers, david

  • Same here! I’ve also always been fascinated with why a photographer chooses one subject over another. Now what really has been fascinating my curiosity is with Instagram and the like button on my images. I’m finding the like button tells me as much about my follower as my photo “speaks” about me…

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