You know how winter is so brown and gray and dead-looking that it gets kinda sad after a while? Well, I decided to challenge myself to find beauty in that by photographing a bunch of dried weeds, hehe. It was honestly fascinating to notice the structure and form of old growth – the bones holding up last year’s color, as it were.
This was a fun experiment and I hope you guys enjoy the result!
We’ll start off with a… I’m not entirely sure what this is, but I believe it’s an old stem of pokeberries. They look like golden raisins now, don’t they?
These grass heads look delicate and almost metallic, especially against a dark background.
Broomsedge is definitely a weed, but I love the way it looks in pastures and roadsides. This is one weed, however, that looks better en masse than up close. Especially at golden hour, when it covers a whole field in rust-gold.
These things are very dead and very dry. Tiny little strings of brown beads.
A lonely, damaged disc of Queen Anne’s lace still hanging on. Some flowers appear impossibly fragile in winter.
Here’s one of my favorite photos in this post, probably because of the bokeh in the background. 😉 I also quite like these spiky brown florets. They seem like cheerful fellows despite their dull color.
I took this in a rather desolate pasture, but one which caught the sun nicely, as evidenced by the pretty backlighting on this goldenrod.
I usually stay away from burs because these things will stick to your clothes with a vengeance. But they make for an interesting picture, hm?
Another burry picture. 😛
Ooh, I love this one too. You can just make out my companion during the photoshoot hiding behind the goldenrod.
I’ve taken so many dried goldenrod photos… The soft, fuzzy heads capture and hold light beautifully.
Look at this cute little plant! I dub thee stars-of-the-earth.
More starry weeds. So dainty!
Oh wait, this might be my favorite picture from the post. The soft blur, warm browns, and contrast of light and dark make me happy. These little guys manage to convey warmth despite their wintry clothing.
I remember seeing these interesting things before and wondering if they were fungi or plants.
See, don’t they remind you of mushrooms-on-a-stick? I don’t know what they are, but they’re neat!
I’m going to cheat a little bit with this last photo and end with a tiny spark of green: some new growth on a thorn bush. This, combined with a day so warm I have my windows open right now reminds me that spring will come soon. Only a month or two and I’ll be sharing green photoshoots!
I know that was kind of an odd post, but I hope you guys enjoyed it anyway. 😛 I had a lot of fun carrying it out, and will probably do something similar in the future. But yes, maybe the next color-themed photoshoot will be green. Ah.
What do you think – was my experiment a success? Do you find dried things beautiful too?
Thanks so much for reading, my friends, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D7200 and a 50mm lens. Edited in Lightroom.