Saturday, 29 August 2015

Grey Hair Grass

August 29th 2015, party-time for landscape photographers in the south-east corner of The Netherlands. The purple heather period is at its peak and you don’t have to be a weather guru to understand that after a clear cold night with no wind chances on ground fog are reasonably. Especially after substantial rain earlier this week. I decided this morning to go to the central higher part of the Strabrechtse Heide, a.k.a. “De Galgenberg”. The shifting sands of the past are gradually fixed into shallow hills with mosses, Grey Hair Grass (Corynephorus canescens /Buntgras) and some heather bushes. Not only the heather is gorgeous now, also Grey Hair Grass deserves some attention. It lights up beautifully in the first sunrays and flourishes in very dry circumstances. They say that it is so tasteless that even sheep don’t eat it. It is not possible to go here by car, so for a change I went by bicycle. I can really recommend this to everybody (the only drawback is that you have to set the alarm clock even earlier).

* Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 16-35mm/f4 @ 17mm; ISO-200, f16, 1/6s; ND3 hard gradient filter, ND2 soft gradient filter; tripod.

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