Phragmites over New York.

October 13th, 2008 Posted in 2009 Calendar Photo Contest, Best contest photos

This photo was taken during a coastal clean up at Pugsley Creek, in The Bronx.

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This post was submitted by Martin Woess.

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  1. 21 Responses to “Phragmites over New York.”

  2. By Catherine Siemann on Oct 14, 2008

    Great photo — love what you’ve done with foregrounding the plants!

  3. By Beth on Oct 14, 2008

    Lovely–I especially love the contrast between the soft but in focus plants and the hard but out of focus bridge!

  4. By Eileen Salmas on Oct 14, 2008

    Lovely juxtaposition of nature and a man-made structure.

  5. By JCM on Oct 14, 2008

    Best of the bunch.

  6. By Cynthia Conroy on Oct 15, 2008

    Great Shot. The compostion is perfect !!

  7. By Amy on Oct 15, 2008

    I think I like “Phragmites over New York” best of the set.

  8. By ibshafer on Oct 15, 2008

    This is one of my favorites of yours.

  9. By sharon on Oct 15, 2008

    Fantastic composition, particularly appreciate the softness of the nature against the bridge. Well done.

  10. By KA on Oct 15, 2008

    Which bridge is that? It looks like the GW, but it can not be if it were taken by Pugsley Creek.

  11. By Alysa on Oct 15, 2008

    Kind of like nature is about to reclaim the city!

  12. By Manik on Oct 15, 2008

    I love this one – Man and Nature in harmony!

  13. By Isabel Hahn on Oct 15, 2008

    A beautiful photo! What a great foreground/background contrast of focus.

  14. By Ellen on Oct 15, 2008

    I really like this one — both the composition and the juxtapositioning of subjects.

  15. By ***mricle*** on Oct 15, 2008

    Phragmites is an alien invasive. Let’s emphasize native wetland plants and their habitats.

  16. By Christina on Oct 16, 2008

    I can’t believe I’m going to say this but I agree with IC- we don’t want to promote phragmites or make it seem beautiful.

  17. By Leanne Bain on Oct 16, 2008

    But isn’t this a photo contest? Not a battle against invasive competition. Love th pic!

  18. By KA on Oct 17, 2008

    Well, I think we can use the photo and explain exactly what the problem is with phragmites and what lesson there is to be learned.

  19. By ***mricle*** on Oct 17, 2008

    I would not mind including this excellent photo of a wetland juxtaposed against man’s infrasturucture, but I would suggest a caption caveat that educates the viewer as to why. beautiful as they may be (think Anoplophora glabripennis), non-natives are harmful to Bronx ecosystems.

  20. By Martin Woess on Oct 19, 2008

    I love all the comments on this one, and the controversy. When I took this photo it was to emphasize our struggle against invasive plants and the misleading beauty they can portray. I spend my days battling the rampage of the invasives, in my job as a Forestry Technician, at one of our city’s major parks. So I’m in no way trying to promote them. More trying to promote discussion. Glad it works.

  21. By karen on Oct 19, 2008

    Martin, thank you for the comment. Would you like to write up something as we decided to use nice photos as yours to explain environmental problems. We will be doing it for the fireworks photo, as well.

  22. By Annette Sambolin on Oct 27, 2008

    Delightful combination of natural science, beauty of nature, and usefulness of nature = phragmites are an excellent water purifier plant. We have a bed of phragmites at my school. It is used to fiter waters from sinks, shower stalls, and toilet bowls. The cost of designing and building it = $1,000,000. It is commonly known as: “The million dollar $$$ flush”

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