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Big Bend National Park Q&A => Big Bend Photographs => Topic started by: Schroeder on June 21, 2015, 11:00:44 AM

Title: Desert Plants
Post by: Schroeder on June 21, 2015, 11:00:44 AM
Does anyone else like to photograph desert plants? Dead or alive, they make the desert that much more intriguing.

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/87_BigBendArea2015_011.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/87_BigBendArea2015_041.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/87_BigBendArea2015_022.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/62__MG_7920.jpg)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Homer Wilson on June 21, 2015, 01:36:26 PM
The dead grass surrounded by rocks just says big bend to me. What kind of plant is in the second picture? Looks like  lech, but it has thorns along the spears. Is this still film or digital?

I love taking pics of agave, especially if some of it has decayed down to the fibers.
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on June 21, 2015, 01:55:00 PM
the second plant is Hectia Texensis, it's the only member of the pineapple family that occurs in the Trans Pecos.
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Homer Wilson on June 21, 2015, 09:23:48 PM
the second plant is Hectia Texensis, it's the only member of the pineapple family that occurs in the Trans Pecos.
Thanks! I remember reading something about that at the judge Roy bean exhibit in langtry (where all my desert flora knowledge comes from). Not sure if I remember ever seeing it in bb.
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Schroeder on June 22, 2015, 06:54:28 AM
This is digital. Decaying plants are great.

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/87_BigBendArea2015_016.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/87_BigBendArea2015_009.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/87_BigBendArea2015_017.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/87_BigBendArea2015_025.jpg)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Schroeder on June 22, 2015, 06:57:43 AM
There are also great little scenes I really enjoy

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/87_BigBendArea2015_021.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/87_BigBendArea2015_013.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/87_BigBendArea2015_019.jpg)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Andreas on June 22, 2015, 09:04:14 AM
Does anyone else like to photograph desert plants? Dead or alive, they make the desert that much more intriguing.

You're certainly not alone...Dead or alive, they make BBNP the fascinating place it is. And I don't consider myself a morbid person  :icon_lol:
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Schroeder on June 22, 2015, 02:45:13 PM
Glad to see others like the plants like I do.

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/87_BigBendArea2015_001.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/87_BigBendArea2015_086.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/87_BigBendArea2015_020.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/87_BigBendArea2015_006.jpg)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: badknees on June 22, 2015, 06:59:46 PM
One of my personal favorites....

(http://mirrormagic.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/DSC5864.jpg)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Geezer on June 22, 2015, 08:29:01 PM
Schroeder: That first tableau is great!

BK: I'll bite. What is that blooming plant?

Geezer
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on June 22, 2015, 08:33:23 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/big%20bend/bigbendinjuly043.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/big%20bend/bigbendinjuly043.jpg.html)  saw this in the Chisos
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: badknees on June 22, 2015, 08:40:20 PM
Schroeder: That first tableau is great!

BK: I'll bite. What is that blooming plant?

Geezer

Dichromanthus cinnabarinus - A wild Texas orchid commonly known as Scarlet Ladies' Tresses. It's found in small isolated pockets in Big Bend
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Schroeder on June 22, 2015, 09:05:43 PM
(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/85__MG_9767.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/85__MG_9759.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/85__MG_9760.jpg)

Like I said.... I really like to photograph desert plants
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Flash on June 22, 2015, 09:10:32 PM
I think I am catching on...

(http://flash-trips.smugmug.com/photos/i-X2b6KqC/1/XL/i-X2b6KqC-XL.jpg)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on June 23, 2015, 06:01:51 PM
Great thread, thanks schroeder. (http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/big%20bend%20oct%202010/bigbendoct2010078.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/big%20bend%20oct%202010/bigbendoct2010078.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Geezer on June 23, 2015, 09:33:54 PM
Ariocarpus fissurata, I believe. Native Americans ate that too, I understand.

Geezer
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Schroeder on June 23, 2015, 10:31:15 PM
(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/59_BigBend_Jan2009_116.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/61_YuccaFlower.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/62_Garden2.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/62_lechuguilla.jpg)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Homer Wilson on June 25, 2015, 11:55:46 AM
Not sure if this technically qualifies as a desert plant since it was near Laguna Meadows, but I still like it...
(http://i.imgur.com/RTRIzyR.png)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Schroeder on June 26, 2015, 07:46:05 PM
Oh hell yea it does. The whole region is intertwined so I like ALL plants out there, no matter the altitude.

Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: ds9writer on June 27, 2015, 09:12:10 AM
Got stabbed getting this picture  :icon_lol:

(http://i650.photobucket.com/albums/uu230/ds9writer/Big%20Bend%20Spring%20Break%202015/IMG_2463.jpg) (http://s650.photobucket.com/user/ds9writer/media/Big%20Bend%20Spring%20Break%202015/IMG_2463.jpg.html)

BTW, love the pic of the blossom (Schroeder's 2nd one on this page)!
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: badknees on June 27, 2015, 10:12:53 AM
Another, with a twist.

(http://mirrormagic.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/D7K_6285.jpg)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on June 27, 2015, 09:15:02 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/2%2013%20old%20ore%20road%20la%20mesa%20pine%20canyon/lamesaoldoreroad027_zpsd33805b2.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/2%2013%20old%20ore%20road%20la%20mesa%20pine%20canyon/lamesaoldoreroad027_zpsd33805b2.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on June 27, 2015, 09:20:27 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2647_zpsmsopg7ym.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2647_zpsmsopg7ym.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on June 27, 2015, 09:24:42 PM
Here's two water loving plants growing in cracked desert soil.  (http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2701_zpsioi6mdbp.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2701_zpsioi6mdbp.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Flash on June 27, 2015, 10:10:06 PM
This guy helped shade me from the August sun...
(http://flash-trips.smugmug.com/photos/i-w5Gwdp5/0/X2/i-w5Gwdp5-X2.jpg)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Schroeder on June 29, 2015, 07:32:27 AM
(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/61_BBRSP_2010_010.jpg)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Homer Wilson on June 29, 2015, 08:20:41 AM
Good one. Cane cholla is is one of my favorites.

On a side note, I always thought my knowledge of flora was pretty good, but I see some of you are very knowledgeable. Is there a good book that describes all the major plants in the area?
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Schroeder on June 29, 2015, 04:41:54 PM
I have a book called something like the cactus of big bend that's been helpful. Also, for more uncommon plants is a book called "little big bend".

I'm not sure the condition now but the little nature trail with signs at panther junction was a lot of help when I first went out there.

Cane cholla is one of my favorites as well. I like all the chollas....well not so much dog cholla. It's gotten me so many times no matter how careful I am.
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Schroeder on June 29, 2015, 04:44:23 PM
(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/62_yuccaportrait.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/62_soapstone-yucca.jpg)

Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on June 30, 2015, 08:08:39 PM
Consider these
 Northern Chihuahuan Desert Wildflowers by Steve West. Very good guide, has most of the plants most of the people will see
 Little Big Bend by Ray Morey. An excellent read for anyone interested in plants, very readable

Cactuses of Big Bend NP by Douglas Evans. Easy to use, good photos, and the text is easy to understand

Wildflowers of the Big Bend country by Barton Warnock. Dr Warnock explored West Texas in way that no one has since. The locals trusted him and allowed him access to their land. This book is expensive and the photography is dated, but, it's written by a West Texas legend. He also tells you where to go find some uncommon plants.

Michael Powell has written four or fives books on the flora of West Texas. I have three of them. Dr Powell was on the faculty at SRU for decades. He is the current authority  on the flora of West Texas. 
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Schroeder on July 01, 2015, 08:24:27 PM
(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/88_BigBend_Oct2009_014.jpg)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on July 05, 2015, 07:32:08 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2617_zpsresgcwcw.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2617_zpsresgcwcw.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on July 05, 2015, 07:37:30 PM
a double decker (http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2681_zpsoiemn9so.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2681_zpsoiemn9so.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on July 05, 2015, 07:39:11 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2709_zpsj4iv3n6s.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2709_zpsj4iv3n6s.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on July 05, 2015, 07:40:15 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2721_zpsbkf22exe.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2721_zpsbkf22exe.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on July 05, 2015, 07:41:58 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2728_zpseezwx3t3.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2728_zpseezwx3t3.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on July 05, 2015, 07:45:48 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2841_zpslsajigcl.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2841_zpslsajigcl.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: catz on July 06, 2015, 10:04:18 AM
Wow!  Great pics, Jim2.

What is that last one?
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Don H on July 06, 2015, 10:23:06 AM
I'm guessing it's Dog Cholla.
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on July 06, 2015, 03:58:03 PM
Thanks Catz. 
 Schroeder, I like the way you create a scene in your photos. It's a unique perspective. I look forward to whatever else you choose to share.
 The last one is Dog Cholla.
 
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Schroeder on July 06, 2015, 08:02:50 PM
Thanks Jim.
I really like Ocotillo.
(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/61_BBRSP_2010_034.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/62_OcitilloGrass.jpg)

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/85__MG_9746.jpg)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Flash on July 06, 2015, 10:17:18 PM
Ocotillo sunrise
(http://flash-trips.smugmug.com/photos/i-Ls8N4Q2/0/X2/i-Ls8N4Q2-X2.jpg)

Fog beyond
(http://flash-trips.smugmug.com/photos/i-hQ7nHVN/0/X2/i-hQ7nHVN-X2.jpg)

Plant potpourri
(http://flash-trips.smugmug.com/photos/i-mB7CnnN/0/X2/i-mB7CnnN-X2.jpg)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Schroeder on July 07, 2015, 12:39:03 PM
(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/87_BigBendArea2015_072.jpg)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Schroeder on July 07, 2015, 08:18:26 PM
(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/62_Death.jpg)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on July 08, 2015, 05:36:25 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/2%2013%20old%20ore%20road%20la%20mesa%20pine%20canyon/lamesaoldoreroad038_zps145e919c.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/2%2013%20old%20ore%20road%20la%20mesa%20pine%20canyon/lamesaoldoreroad038_zps145e919c.jpg.html) What i saw here was the resileince of desert plant life, and I liked the shadow. The first arm of this plant died, so it grew another.
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on July 12, 2015, 01:34:17 PM
Maples and maidens (http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2779_zpskat0vtii.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2779_zpskat0vtii.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on July 12, 2015, 01:37:04 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2708_zpsob5mzava.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2708_zpsob5mzava.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: fartymarty on July 13, 2015, 12:26:19 AM
I took this photo several years ago in the basin. (I'm off topic again  :icon_rolleyes:, not really desert like up there)

(http://www.smugmug.com/photos/i-9WTRsZ3/0/L/i-9WTRsZ3-L.jpg) (http://www.smugmug.com/photos/i-9WTRsZ3/0/O/i-9WTRsZ3.jpg)

So does anybody else see the face (http://www.smugmug.com/photos/i-cB5RQj2/0/O/i-cB5RQj2.jpg) in the dead tree trunk?

Just for the record, James Whitmore was alive when I took the photo so don't think that I do this (https://youtu.be/0YppxEYkqTU).
-------------------------------
OK, back to desert plants.
(http://www.smugmug.com/photos/i-WTRfkxm/0/L/i-WTRfkxm-L.jpg) (http://www.smugmug.com/photos/i-WTRfkxm/0/O/i-WTRfkxm.jpg)
No I don't see any faces in this one (alive or dead), but I do see (forgive me  :eusa_angel:) nuts in a vise.

 
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Homer Wilson on July 13, 2015, 12:49:36 AM
That's not a face, that's a skull. Is that a langtry cactus ibn the second photo?
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: dougstar on July 14, 2015, 08:36:51 PM
Another snow one.
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7340/16376050952_80b6fee677_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qX6xq5)OML Hike (18) (https://flic.kr/p/qX6xq5)   (https://www.flickr.com/photos/126948582@N07/)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: badknees on July 14, 2015, 09:27:43 PM
Tough old cactus and nicotiana glauca

Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on July 24, 2015, 09:14:05 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/big%20bend/bigbendinjuly090.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/big%20bend/bigbendinjuly090.jpg.html)
This was after a rain in Pine Canyon
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on July 24, 2015, 09:16:06 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/big%20bend/bigbendinjuly042.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/big%20bend/bigbendinjuly042.jpg.html)
Purple Clematis
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on July 24, 2015, 09:20:11 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/big%20bend%20march%202011/bigbendmarch2011072.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/big%20bend%20march%202011/bigbendmarch2011072.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on July 24, 2015, 09:24:54 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/big%20bend%20october%202011/bigbendoctotber2011091.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/big%20bend%20october%202011/bigbendoctotber2011091.jpg.html) (http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/big%20bend%20october%202011/bigbendoctotber2011092.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/big%20bend%20october%202011/bigbendoctotber2011092.jpg.html) (http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/big%20bend%20october%202011/bigbendoctotber2011098.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/big%20bend%20october%202011/bigbendoctotber2011098.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Schroeder on December 29, 2016, 10:39:30 PM
Reviving this thread

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/96__MG_2556.jpg)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: iCe on December 30, 2016, 08:43:24 AM
Reviving this thread

(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/96__MG_2556.jpg)


I really like the tonality and tonal range of this. It has the feel of platinum
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Txlj on December 31, 2016, 05:44:57 PM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161231/99634b09b3f388a98b7ca18723d9ad96.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161231/bc5cb6c44b9ba7ec1e52d3f02f892ca7.jpg)

Sent from flat land

Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on December 31, 2016, 07:05:32 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2635_zpsezaxt0nk.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2635_zpsezaxt0nk.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on December 31, 2016, 07:06:52 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2638_zpsnvdxhr4e.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2638_zpsnvdxhr4e.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on December 31, 2016, 07:08:23 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2650_zpsq3ajsgix.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2650_zpsq3ajsgix.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on December 31, 2016, 07:09:49 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2682_zpsaew05vzm.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2682_zpsaew05vzm.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on December 31, 2016, 07:10:48 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2684_zps53qqedcy.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2684_zps53qqedcy.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: jim2 on December 31, 2016, 07:12:25 PM
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/jim2-08/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2687_zpsoxjixhiq.jpg) (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/jim2-08/media/Big%20Bend%20in%20bloom/DSCN2687_zpsoxjixhiq.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Schroeder on January 01, 2017, 12:09:10 PM
Just off the marufo Vega trail. I was perplexed when I saw this cluster. I usually only see turks head solitary.
(http://schroederworks.com/Pics/20161205_162217-800x600.jpg)
Title: Re: Desert Plants
Post by: Schroeder on January 02, 2017, 11:44:52 AM
(http://schroederworks.com/files/gimgs/96_20161204_124220.jpg)