Natural landscapes: Beargrass

BEARGRASS, WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I was hiking to Blakiston Falls in this wonderful Canadian Rocky Mountain park when I kept seeing this fascinating plants. At the time, I didn’t know what they were, but that didn’t stop me from looking for interesting compositions. The shallow depth of field was important to guide your eyes first to the flower on the right, then to the background flower on the left.
According to Wikipedia, beargrass can grow to 15-150 cm in height and grows in bunches with the leaves wrapped around and extending from a small stem at ground level. The leaves are 30-100 cm long and 2-6 mm wide, dull olive green with toothed edges. The slightly fragrant white flowers emerge from a tall stalk that bolts from the base. When the flowers are in bloom they are tightly packed at the tip of the stalk like an upright club.

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Beargrass Waterton Canada

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