Yellow Yarrow, Achillea

Posted by karla (Omaha, United States) on 30 September 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

I planted this perennial yellow Achillea (the cultivar is either 'Coronation Gold' or 'Gold Plate') several decades ago and it has lived through storms, drought, heat and humidity. It grows in a well-behaved clump 3 to 4 feet tall, depending on the amount of rain, and its stems and leaves are pleasantly aromatic. The stems are stiff and hold up fairly well in heavy storms. The origination seems to be the Caucasus. The parent plant, A. filipendula, is recommended in an 1884 gardening book by John Wood, "Hardy Perennials and Old-fashioned Flowers" (found online via Project Gutenberg). I love it. The light green fern-like leaves appear early in Spring, followed by the mustard yellow flowers. This image was taken July 25; the flower corymbs are now brown.

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CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Very nicely shot and documented

30 Sep 2011 10:23am

@CElliottUK: Thanks, Chris! I am catching up with everyone's images...and am entranced by the cobweb you posted on Sept. 29.

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

A wonderful progression of flowers, and perfect colors and light. Very beautiful!

30 Sep 2011 3:24pm

@Arnd: Thank you, Arnd!

Twojays from United States

What a lovely soft image, and worthy of it's own bio. Love the graceful and homey lean, and your colors, so balanced in focus and romantic.

30 Sep 2011 4:54pm

@Twojays: Thanks, Joyce! Your words are very kind, and lovely! There was something rather magical for me about the way light and color meshed and blended as a backdrop on the day I took this.

Marcie from Newton, United States

Such gorgeous color...such gorgeous autumn light!

2 Oct 2011 4:24pm

@Marcie: Thanks, Marcie!!!

DallarD from Orléans, France

Bonne composition.

6 Oct 2011 8:03pm

@DallarD: Thank you!! And thank you for your visit!

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

I like the angle of the stems, the repetition, and the use of selective focus.

10 Oct 2011 3:54pm

@Anita: Thanks for the visit and this comment, Anita! I appreciate the specifics. I am trying to be more conscious of details such as repetition, though I am not always successful! For me, it takes practice, and a deliberate slowing down while composing.

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Practice, practice, practice plus experimentation. You are doing just what I do to improve.

15 Oct 2011 12:07pm

@Anita: LOL Yes, so true, the practice!!! Your practicing is proving to have great results., from what I can see. Thanks for stopping by, Anita, and commenting--I truly appreciate it.

Nikon D300
1/320 second
F/6.3
ISO 320
300 mm (35mm equiv.)

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