Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke 7D_1770 _StaatsThere is a revival of interest in native plantings here in Minnesota; people are choosing to replace annuals in their gardens with plants that are native to the area, thereby requiring less maintenance.  About eight years ago I was in a prairie area in northeastern Oregon and was mesmerized by an unusual plant.  I remember photographing the long feathery plumes that seemed to blow in the breeze.  Now I find that Prairie smoke is a native wildflower to Minnesota.  It is actually in the rose family, blooming in mid to late spring, and is found in the dry, gravelly prairies.  I noticed this plant at a sale of native landscaping plants here in the Twin Cities.  With a bit of backlighting, the plumes took on a beautiful glow, accenting their delicateness and their “smokey” appearance.

5 thoughts on “Prairie smoke

  1. Doris Steeg June 2, 2013 / 8:20 pm

    Hi Linda,
    Well that was an “oh wow” photo. Thanks for posting. Shooting poppies, peonies and roses in the yard today. Had clouds and sunshine so much fun chasing the images, Also was trying to catch the hummingbirds chasing each other from the feeders. Warming up today so will look forward to working in the yard tomorrow.

    • lindastaatsphoto June 5, 2013 / 7:22 am

      Thanks for your comment, Doris. Your flowers and hummingbirds sound wonderful! Keep that camera in the ready so you can make more of your great images.

  2. Joani June 2, 2013 / 8:42 pm

    Backlight—still a big mystery in my images. Was at Nisqually yesterday. Lots of sounds and tall understory. Nice if you want to have pictures in green…..

    • lindastaatsphoto June 5, 2013 / 7:24 am

      I think the backlight is what makes this image, Joani….along with the uniqueness of this flower. Green is good….we’re having Pacific NW weather here and it’s very green and cool. Glad you were at Nisqually; it’s a treasure of a place in Washington.

  3. Tammy June 3, 2013 / 8:07 pm

    what a great photo Linda, I need to have a card on this picture

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