Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Shadows on the Water

We have a small waterfall and pond in our courtyard, and late yesterday afternoon I noticed some interesting shadows being cast on the water by a Corkscrew Rush plant in the pond.

Corkscrew Rush is an ornamental perennial grass whose "leaves" are wound in tight, upright spirals reaching up to 24" tall.

It thrives in wet "boggy" areas in full sun, or standing water up to 4" deep. It is a perfect landscape plant for water features such as ponds or waterfalls, and can also be grown in containers.

Our plant is around three years old, and survived the unusually cold winter we had last year.

Now that I've probably told you way more than you want to know about Corkscrew Rush, I'd like to share some of the pictures I captured of the shadows it cast on the water yesterday.





The waterfall is always fun to photograph, and I especially like this picture of Harry, our Blue Heron.

There are three Little Gem Magnolias growing behind the waterfall, and this magnolia seed pod had fallen on the rocks at the top of the waterfall. You can click on the picture to get a closer view, if you'd like ...

Plants and grasses growing at water's edge around ponds and lakes are always pretty, but yesterday I discovered that sometimes the shadows they cast on the water are even more beautiful.

7 comments:

Marlene said...

You have an amazing gift for seeing and interpreting the beauty in everything...and what a gift it is, for all of us. I absolutely must find this corkscrew rush plant. As always you have brightened my day!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Amazing photos, Janie! I particularly love the one of the single strand of corkscew rush dipping into the water. So neat! Love your waterfall, too.

Have a great week, and I look forward to seeing you when I return!

XO,

Sheila :-)

racheld said...

How Simple, how Beautiful.

It's like playing Pick-Up-Sticks with Dr. Seuss.

Pat said...

Beautiful photos, Janie. I've used corkscrew rush in pots and urns, with annuals. Love it.

nanny said...

Wonderful, beautiful shots....i love water......your shadow shots are gorgeous...peaceful and perfect!

lisaschaos said...

Love the shadows! I love the corkscrew plant, we had some by our pond too. :)

Deb said...

love it...love the last photo the best...