Updated February 24, 2006 at 2:17pm PST: Changed name from Chrysothamnus nauseosus to Ericameria nauseosa after reviewing Nesom, G and Baird, G. 1993. Completion of Ericameria (Asteraceae: Astereae), Diminution of Chrysothamnus. Phytologia. 75(1): 74-93. – Daniel
Today's photograph is courtesy of Maureen from Montana, aka MontanaRaven@Flickr, who shared it via the Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Group Pool (Flickr posting). Maureen also shares her thoughts and photographs on her excellent weblog, raven's nest, which is certainly worth your time to investigate. Many thanks, Maureen!
Rabbitbrush was previously featured on BPotD in this entry. I enjoy Maureen's photograph as a companion to the images from that entry, particularly because the colours are tonally opposite. In accompaniment to the photograph, Maureen wrote: “these are the seedheads that persist throughout the winter, giving this low growing shrub a fluffy, cloudlike character that adds winter interest.”
Photography resource link: A Great Mouth for a Picture, an opinion piece by Niall Benvie for Nature Photographers Online. “Perhaps the single most important attribute of a “fine nature photograph” is its ability to engage the viewer’s intellect as well as their heart, to lead them into lines of enquiry about what is happening beyond the frame.”