Natural landscapes: exploring the intimate


Native to Eurasia and northern Africa, western salsify (Also known as goatsbeard,) was commonly used as a food plant in northern Europe in the Middle Ages and subsequently spread all around the world. It was brought to North America by early settlers as a food plant and ornamental around the turn of the 20th century.
It’s generally considered an invasive species, but the gone-to-seed stage you see here struck me as a subject worth photographing. While the flower version is a nice yellow, there’s almost no colour at this stage so I went black-and-white to heighten the contrast and drama. (That said, here’s the colour version:
Nikon D7100, 17-70mm Sigma zoom lens

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