February 03, 2017
Shown above is pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) growing wild not far from Pismo Beach, California. The feather-like flow and the delicacy of the plume, as it blows gently in a breeze is certainly eye-catching either when hiking or driving by hillsides covered with this grass. Growing 10 ft (3 m) tall or higher it's indigenous to the Pampas region of South America and has become an invasive species (outgrowing and overtaking native species of grass) in parts of North America and elsewhere since it's easy to cultivate and is very adaptable. It was initially brought to the U.S. in the mid-1800s as an ornamental grass that could also be used as a food source for grazing animals. Photo taken on December 30, 2016.
Photo Details: Camera Maker: LG Electronics; Camera Model: LGL31L; Focal Length: 3.49mm; Aperture: ƒ/2.2; Exposure Time: 0.0054 s (1/185); ISO equiv: 100; Software: Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer 6.1.7600.16385.