Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The priest's piglets

Where are the piglets, you ask? Right here in the foreground, with the sun shining through. 'Popino prase,' or the priest's piglet, as it's known here, is a type of grass sometimes called false barley, hare barley, or mouse barley in English. The strands of 'Popino prase' (POE-pee-no PRA-say) have a tendency to catch on some dog's coats and sometimes bore their way down into their skin, causing irritation. Fortunately, Bibi doesn't have that kind of coat.

18 comments:

Alexa said...

I've learned quite a bit from you—including this lesson in language and horticulture! And this photo is just stunning!

Bob Crowe said...

Interesting and different way to see plants but what's the bright near the top? Could be a specular highlight but it looks like a flashlight.

Gaelyn said...

Wow, love that capture and the name is funny. I see many interesting grasses but my pics never do them justice.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» is happy to read that Bibi hasn't had the Priest's Piglets irritate her. There must be a funny story behind the name!

Olivier said...

beau contre-jour en b&w

Bibi said...

Hi, Bob. No flashlight; it's the big flashlight in the sky...the sun, somehow oddly shining through.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

This is so fantastic and lovely !!Great Shot !!

Jacob said...

Very nice light in this photo. I wonder why it's called "priest's piglet"? Why not nun's piglet? I see where it can cause irritation - aha! That's why they call it priest's piglet! :-)

Rebecca said...

Well, the barley sure makes for a great backlit photo! Although I wouldn't want it on my dog.

Liliana Holtzman said...

Magical photograph!

B SQUARED said...

We have something similar here. I don't know the name, however.

Anonymous said...

I think they're also called fox tails in English. Fox tails can work their way into your dog's skin....

Daryl said...

I really like the shadows/light in this and am very glad Bibi's coat doesnt attract these evil weeds

Virginia said...

Very surreal! Gave me a shiver!
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Vlada Jablanov said...

Great light!!! SJAJNO!!!

Costea Andrea Mihai said...

hello!! beautiful blog! i like very much this picture..good light! regards!

Jilly said...

Super shot. So shows the delicacy of the grass. I thought that was the moon but read it is the sun but then the B and W don't make it obvious. Love it.

Juliette said...

Beautiful!