One last ‘seeds-against-blue-sky’ shot and then I will leave that theme to rest for a while, I promise. This pampas grass is down the street from me in someone’s front yard. Their neighbours have some too. So do lots of other people around here. This plant supports Christmas decorations, but also frames the moon nicely just before sunset. I probably should have tried more depth of field to get the pampas better into focus, but I am not unhappy with this shot.
I am less happy about pampas though – we had a clump in our front yard when we moved here. It had got out of hand, and was in any case in the wrong place. They are pretty hard to contain and the amount of work to dig out all of its roots (wheel barrows full) was just insane. So, while they may be spectacular plants in many ways, they are not for my garden. And this is not because of the swingers “urban myth” which I only found out about when preparing this post. According to wikipedia:
“A widespread urban myth is that pampas grass is used by swingers to advertise their presence to other swingers in the area. The most commonly repeated version states that in the UK and Ireland a patch of pampas grass is planted somewhere in the front garden to act as a signal to passersby that swingers live in the home.”
Since I have never heard this before, I suspect that it is a regional myth. But, I did live in the UK for 4 years and I never heard about it then either. So, maybe you have to be interested in swinging to even hear about this one. Except all of you reading this have now heard, mostly for the first time I am betting, and probably the only swinging you are really interested in, is the camera swinging from your neck. I guess the question I would want answered, if I knew you well enough , is if you did know about this myth, would you still plant pampas grass in your front yard?
I used a Canon 50/1.4 lens, ISO 400, f11 both shots, 1/200th top, 1/320th bottom. The pampas was gentle moving in the breeze, swinging back and forth.