Grass, Twelve Mile Swamp, Florida. 2020.
A scene from Twelve Mile Swamp Conservation Area. Grasses are monocots, meaning they grow without branching, their central stem responsible for supporting their full weight. Their value cannot be understated. Corn, rice, wheat, barley, sugar cane, pineapples, palms, bamboo… all are monocots. I love the way these individual, self-sufficient plants contain such variety. Orchids, lilies, agaves–all monocots. And yet, collectively they blur into a full and rich group, appearing impenetrable. Following one grasshead, you can trace its singular path amongst the group as it weaves and winds its way through life. It is not alone here, beside its kin. It is also not a clone. The one is unique beside the many. A close study reveals this. There is a lesson here about anarchy, once you look.
This was made with a Calumet 4×5 monorail camera using Ilford Delta film, 100 ISO, and scanned with an Epson Perfection v850 Pro. Ilex-Calumet 215mm Lens. Shot at Twelve Mile Swamp Conservation Area in St Johns County, Florida on April 14, 2020.