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What f/2.8 will get you

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A large aperture of f/2.8 will get you a soft portrait like this one of a rain-lily bud (Cooperia pedunculata) on Floral Park Dr. in my neighborhood on April 1st.

I threw away many of the pictures I took of this bud because I hadn’t managed to get enough in focus to please me. In this frame I was surprised that I got good focus not only on the nearest surface of the bud but also on the tip of the maroon sheath.

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April 14, 2017 at 5:00 AM

Beginning to be bedraggled

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Over the years I’ve photographed pristine flower globes of Mimosa roemeriana, the sensitive briar. On October 7th in my neighborhood I photographed a little pink globe of that kind but also the more bedraggled one you see here. The chaos is visually appealing, don’t you think?

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November 13, 2016 at 4:44 AM

Speaking of prairie agalinis…

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Speaking of prairie agalinis (Agalinis heterophylla), as I did briefly last time, here’s a view of that wildflower in its own right along the upper stretch of Bull Creek on September 12th. The pink cloud is an out-of-focus vision of more prairie agalinis flowers in the background.

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September 23, 2016 at 5:10 AM

White against pink

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Tiny Snail on Dry Stalk by Mountain Pink Flowers 9229A

White: a small snail.

Pink: mountain pink, Centaurium beyrichii.

Date: June 25.

Place: Capital of Texas Highway.

If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that points 1, 2, and especially 5 and 20 in About My Techniques are relevant to today’s picture.

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September 11, 2016 at 5:08 AM

Nettles and claws

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Here are two more wildflowers I saw at the Diamond Grove Prairie in southwestern Missouri on June 4. The first is horse nettle, Solanum carolinense. The second is catclaw sensitive briar, Mimosa quadrivalvis var. nuttalli.

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August 2, 2016 at 5:04 AM

Echinacea on the prairie

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As we drove through northeastern Oklahoma and southwestern Missouri on June 4th we saw good stands of Echinacea along the highway. Whether they were natural or sown there I don’t know. The Echinacea pallida in today’s mostly pallid photograph from the Diamond Grove Prairie in southwestern Missouri is presumably natural.

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July 16, 2016 at 5:09 AM

I would have missed them if I’d missed them.

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Our three-week trip to the Midwest in June took me out of Austin during the prime season for mountain pinks (Centaurium beyrichii). I hadn’t seen any before I left and didn’t know whether I’d see any after I returned. Fortunately I did, as confirmed by this picture from June 27th on the west side of Capital of Texas Highway just north of Champion Grandview Way. The pareidolia partisans among you can consider this photograph an Austin take on Mount Rushmore. For those of you who are more down-to-earth, below is a closer look at one of those flowering mountain pink plants.

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July 10, 2016 at 4:46 AM

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