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Shells and Sea Creatures

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Nicotiana flower and Ambrosia leaf, too

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Nicotiana and Encelia

We think Nicotiana Obtusifolia, and Encelia Farinosa… Hmm. Notice the clasped leaf structure. An early flower-er.

Nicotiana obtusifolia M. Martens & Galeotti
NATIVE
Habit: Perennial herb 2–8 dm, glandular-hairy, base often +- woody. Leaf: 2–10 cm; lower short-petioled, (ob)ovate; upper +- narrowly ovate, clasping. Inflorescence: bracts < 20 mm, linear to lanceolate. Flower: calyx 10–15 mm, lobes +- = tube, +- equal, narrowly triangular; corolla +- funnel-shaped, green-white or dull white, tube + throat 15–26 mm, limb 8–10 mm wide; stamens unequal, attached near tube base. Fruit: 8–10 mm.
Ecology: Gravelly or rocky washes, slopes; Elevation: < 1600 m. Bioregional Distribution: s SNE, D; Distribution Outside California: to Utah, Texas, Mexico. Flowering Time: Mar–Jun
Synonyms: Nicotiana trigonophylla Dunal
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael H. Nee
and some definitions from wikipedia: petiole,
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Ambrosia Dumosa Gall

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Nicotiana Flower and Ambrosia Leaf

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Desert Still Life

Shell, Branch and Ephedra

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March of the Caesalpinias 011: Leaf&Stem Detail 001

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March of the Caesalpinias 010: Leaf&Stem Detail

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Cylindropuntia, Cylindropuntia, let down your long hair!

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Another mystery succulent in a clandestine undisclosed location….

Need we say more? But for a tantalizing hint, we think it’s in the Dudleya group. Check out the new Jepson eFlora site!

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March of the Caesalpinias 009

And the detail. Obviously this was taken just before sunrise, what a crazy time for light… And the colors of the ‘wand-holdback’, greens, reds, yellows, such a painterly plant. What’s with ‘wand-holdback’ anyway? Story?tlb_caesalpiniapods_detail

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March of the Caesalpinias 008 (the leaf)

And, from The Jepson Desert Manual:

C. virgata…LVS deciduous; 1° lflets 3, ternately arranged, lateral pair 0.5-1 cm, with 3-6 pairs of 2° lflets, terminal 1, 5-4 cm, with 8-10 pairs of 2° lflets.

~The Jepson Manual, pg. 308

The detail below is pretty spot on.

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March of the Caesalpinias 007

Even though the depth of field is not large in this picture, I love the colors, yellows, greens, reds, blues, all there for the taking. Taken in the blue hours so very, very little photoshop needed. And nice detail…

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Desert Still Life 001

The desert is is full of inspiration for desert still life photography!

Traversing the desert, we tend to collect little treasures/objects: a unique rock, a distinctive piece of wood, flowers, flowers, and more flowers. Desert Still Life 001 features some of these found desert objects: a dried Bougainvillea flower, a broken Creosote branch, and a fresh juniper berry.

Desert Still Life 001 — Details

Bougainvillea flowers are an abundant ornamental that add a splash of color to the desert landscape. They come in many shades: white, pale pink, a rosy peach, fuchsia, and a deep, royal purple. And, the coolest thing about them, they bloom year round here.

The other plant that is prevalent here in the Colorado Desert is the creosote bush, or chaparral, (Larrea tridentata). Prevalent may be an understatement as the term usually associated with creosote bush is ubiquitous. Creosote is old. As a matter of fact, a ring of creosote in California is recognized as the oldest living organism on earth at 11,700 years old.It is also highly prized by the Cahuilla Indians for its many medicinal and non-medicinal uses.

As you move up higher elevations in the desert, the landscape changes. There, you find manzanitas, cedars, pines, and junipers. Some junipers are full of juniper berries! We couldn’t resist and picked some juniper berries with their powdery blue skin. The junipers we found are of the California Juniper (Juniperus californica) variety.

Desert still life 001 is part of a series of modern art still life photography. Taken with a macro lens to capture the exquisite detail of the wood and the veins in the Bougainvillea flower.

Desert Still Life 001 — Prints

When we printed Desert still life 001, we printed it on two types of paper: photo paper and matte cotton rag paper. As a photograph, we knew it would look great on Epson’s Exhibition Fiber paper, which has a gorgeous texture (not entirely smooth, but not really textured). The Epson’s Hot Press smooth cotton rag paper was the unknown factor. It has a warmer tone and the colors are more muted (because the paper is completely matte). While both papers are gorgeous and each has its charm, we decided on the photo paper with its slight sheen.

Desert Still Life 001 is available in our Etsy shop.

 

 

 

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March of the Caesalpinias 006

There’s something very pleasing about this composition. The repeated, blurred stalk in the left background, the flowers suggesting movement to the left, the desert making a very painterly backdrop. I can’t (or won’t) decide whether these flowers are more gorgeous in the blue hours or the golden hours. Either way, watching the desert as the sun comes up is a beautiful experience, with a gentle wind announcing the sun’s coming and the little flowers dancing in the dawn.