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A better look at a horsemint

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Horsemint Flowering by Dense Sunflower Colony 8981A

Along the line separating the huge field of sunflowers that you saw yesterday from the Stone Hill Town [Shopping] Center immediately to its north was a fence with vertical metal rails. Down low, between two of those rails, I found a few horsemints, Monarda citriodora. Kneeling and hunching over, I did my best to aim between the bars while the brisk prairie breeze blew the horsemints back and forth. Even with a high shutter speed of 1/500 sec., some of the pictures didn’t come out well, but here’s one that managed to stop the motion and get the important parts of the flowers in focus. The glow from the dense sunflowers farther away provided a pleasing background.

To see the many places across the (mostly) southern United States where this species of horsemint grows, you can check the state-clickable map at the USDA website.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 2, 2013 at 6:18 AM

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