Going Mazy-Eyed In A Sea Of Grasses ~ Thursday’s Special


I took this photo last night as I was coming home from the allotment. The sun was setting over the rapeseed field and illuminating the grasses along the headland. This is a broad strip of land on the town side of Townsend Meadow, left uncultivated as a defence against flash floods. The variety of grasses that grow here is bewildering, and I’m sorry to say I have never tried to learn which is which. They are very beautiful though in the evening light.

Grasses (Gramineae) are among the most successful plants on the planet and, excluding the polar zones, cover 40% of the earth’s surface. They of course include cereal crops, rice, bamboos, and pasture grasses and so are of immense importance to humanity. Grass is also an elephant’s food of choice, making up a substantial part of its 300-400 lb daily vegetable intake. I mention that fact here because our headland grasses have so benefitted from the agrichemical feeding of the rape plants uphill from them that they are now doing a pretty good impression of elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum) also known as Napier Grass. This particular grass featured in he-who-builds-sheds’ doctoral research on grass smut in the Kenya highlands, and so is a species close to our hearts, and we both know how to identify it.

Coming up is another grass I know: wild oats. The sun was reflecting off its spikelets, which was all rather mesmerizing.


Thursday’s Special: Lost in details  This week Paula has given us an intriguing challenge and photo to match. I’m interpreting it here both in words and images Who me?

35 thoughts on “Going Mazy-Eyed In A Sea Of Grasses ~ Thursday’s Special

  1. Delightful post… wonderful photography, and a great pleasure to follow your focus on grasses. Love grasses, and am especially fascinated by grain, Tish.

      1. I didn’t know what Kamut was when I read your comment. But fortunately, with the help of Google translate and Hebrew Wikipedia I was able to learn quite a bit. It sounds wonderful, and according to the internet it’s available here in Jerusalem commercially. So I think I’m going to try and bake some bread with it. They say it has a nutty flavor. Thanks for the lesson.

      2. I’ve not tried bread, but it makes good pancakes and amazing shortbread – v. simple – butter, sugar, flour and it tastes like fudge (soft toffee) – if you know what that is. Great with fruit.

  2. Lovely grasses Tish. I have some purpley ones growing in my ‘wild’ area – I think possibly Yorkshire Fog. I know, a long way from home 😀

    1. No fog at the minute but I have in mind some very pretty grass I’ve seen in the Algarve, which has purpley tassles. No idea what it’s called, as usual. 🙂 🙂 Tish- you’re always an education. Now I need to visit Paula.

  3. Lovely photo Tish and I agree about the beauty of grasses. I love to see fields of corn rippling in the wind with the sun catching them too it is pure delight

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