thistle sage

 

 
cuyama valley, ca 2005


Thistle Sage flowers grow aggregated in several balls along their 2-3 ft stems. A member of the mint family and a variety called Chias, these wildflowers were an important food source to Native Americans who mixed water with milled seeds to make a nutritous gruel.

Seems like an easy straight forward photograph to capture, difficult rating was a "10". The wind is rarely calm in these open spaces, Flowers atop long spindly stems are especially prone to blur.

Canon T-90, canon 80-200L/UV, f-5.6, velvia

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thistle sage, lavender colored flowers of the cuyama valley, ca
 
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lavender colored flowers of the desert