Sunday, March 28, 2010

Wildflower Macros

Friday was my birthday, so I took the afternoon off from work and headed out to spend the rest of the day in my favorite environment, engaged in a favorite activity. Kay and I drove to the Julington-Durbin Creek Preserve a few miles from out house, Camera in hand...

I brought only my 150mm macro lens, planning to shoot the northeast Florida wildflowers that would, no doubt, be arriving in abundance after the wet, warm weather of the previous day. I hadn't planned on the huge, remarkably fast flock of Tree Swallows that was all over the pine flat. Wrong lens to shoot them, but I did get one lucky shot off (above), as a solo speed-burner zipped by... then on to the wildflowers.

The yellow guy above is a bud-heavy goldenaster. They are everywhere in the piney flatlands and in many local lawns right now. The opening blossom is about 1/4 inch in diameter.

The purple bloom above is a viola septemloba (literally purple flower with five petals).

This last one,as near as I am able to guess, is a dwarf huckleberry. Beautiful little quarter-inch white bell-shaped blossoms on stems covered with bright green, waxy leaves. More north FLorida wildflower images can be found on my website here.

1 comment:

I am a lover of children's literature said...

Congratulations on surviving another year! I hope you survive many, many more to come.

Funny thing, it's your birthday, but thanks to these fine photos of yours, it is we, your readers, who end up getting the birthday presents!