Green Green Grasses

Week 46/52

Grasses, or more technically graminoids, are monocotyledonous, usually herbaceous plants with narrow leaves growing from the base. They include the “true grasses”, of the family Poaceae (also called Gramineae), as well as the sedges (Cyperaceae) and the rushes (Juncaceae). The true grasses include cereals, bamboo and the grasses of lawns (turf) and grassland. Sedges include many wild marsh and grassland plants, and some cultivated ones such as water chestnut (Eleocharis dulcis) and papyrus sedge (Cyperus papyrus). Uses for graminoids include food (as grain, sprouted grain, shoots or rhizomes), drink (beer, whisky, vodka), pasture for livestock, thatch, paper, fuel, clothing, insulation, construction, sports turf, basket weaving and many others. Graminoids include some of the most versatile plant life-forms. They became widespread toward the end of the Cretaceous period, and fossilized dinosaur dung (coprolites) have been found containing phytoliths of a variety that include grasses that are related to modern rice and bamboo. Grasses have adapted to conditions in lush rain forests, dry deserts, cold mountains and even intertidal habitats, and are now the most widespread plant type; grass is a valuable source of food and energy for all sorts of wildlife and organics. Graminoids are the dominant vegetation in many habitats, including grassland, salt-marsh, reedswamp and steppes. They also occur as a smaller part of the vegetation in almost every other terrestrial habitat. Many types of animals eat grass as their main source of food, and are called graminivores – these include cattle, sheep, horses, rabbits and many invertebrates, such as grasshoppers and the caterpillars of many brown butterflies. Grasses are also eaten by omnivorous or even occasionally by primarily carnivorous animals. Grasses are unusual in that the meristem is located near the bottom of the plant, hence can quickly recover from cropping at the top. In the study of ecological communities, herbaceous plants are divided into graminoids and forbs, which are herbaceous dicotyledons, mostly with broad leaves.

F/5.6, 1/50 sec, ISO – 100, Photoshop CS6

Project #46

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My name is Tommy Too and I'm a newbie in photography and blogging. The intention of creating this blog is to share some of my work and to keep track the improvement of my photography skill. Nevertheless the most important thing is to getting feedback or comment from other professional photographer just like you.

Posted on November 8, 2015, in Photography, Projects 52 and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. I learned something new today … And I love your photo! Thanks for posting. 😉

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  2. that was very interesting, thx.

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  3. What a beautiful photo!

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  4. This is a stunning photograph!!!! You have made something I see everyday so beautiful. What else am I taking for granted? Going outside to check. 🙂

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  5. This is sooo pretty! 🙂

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  6. Wow I’m ashamed I never stopped to give grasses a little more thought. We see them everyday, watch sports that are mostly played on grass fields, see animals feeding on them, it only makes sense for us to know more about them. Thanks for this!

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  7. Superb image……Love your captions. Most informative…like your pics. 😉

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  8. I was just admiring your photos, and this is one of my favourites! It looks like the water droplets are bouncing off the grass rather than falling onto it. So beautiful!

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