Doing the ‘Uncurl’

Today’s post features a woodland fern as it begins it’s spring awakening, captured during my recent photo outing at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, in the Missouri Ozarks.

Hiking the woodland glade trail, looking for wildflowers, I came upon a small patch of ferns that were starting to uncurl and come to life. Here is a macro photograph I captured:

Fern frond unfurling

Cropping the image to show even more detail:

Fern frond unfurling

Coming up … more interesting captures from Johnson’s Shut-Ins, as well as our 2021 Canada Goose family.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/4.5
  • Shutter Speed 1/350 sec.

 

 

 

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A Small Beauty

Well, I’m back in the (indoors) office! Missed not posting last week, but had a plethora of things going on … maintaining my Ozarks (Missouri) butterfly garden, shopping and planting new plants, and having some real fun watching our Canada Goose dock nest (yes, a pair of geese nested in a large flower pot on our dock, again this year!) progress and the goslings as they left the nest and took their first plunge into the Lake of the Ozarks … photos will be coming soon!

Today’s post features another woodland glades wildflower I recently encountered while hiking the woodland trails of Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, located in the Missouri Ozarks.

Although the woodland Phlox seemed to be few and far between, I did run across this lovely plant, filled with blooms and more buds to open:

Woodland Phlox wildflowers in bloom

The great “Spring Awakening” is always so wonderful to experience!  And the beauty of these purple wildflowers in a spring, woodland environment always signify the life around us, when we take the time to visit nature.

Coming up, another “lifer” wildflower I photographed during this same trip … and this year’s class of Gosling babies!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec.

 

 

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Hot Pink

Today’s post features another woodland glade wildflower that I saw on my hikes through Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park (in the Missouri Ozarks).

The Fire Pink wildflowers are always great to see, although I only saw a single clump of them during my glade hikes. As spring is beginning to show leaves on trees/plants, and some flora begin showing some color, it is always a delight to see the fiery red color of the Fire Pinks! Here are a couple of images I captured on this hike:

Fire Pink wildflower

Fire Pink wildflower

On my previous trip to Johnson’s Shut-Ins, I was fortunate to have several clumps of these flowering in my campsite … but not this time.

Coming up … another “wildflower lifer” I found and just identified on my trip.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO 3200, due to windy conditions on the rocky, glade slopes)
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec. and 1/1500 sec.

 

 

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Not Exactly the Cat’s Meow

Today’s post features a couple of macro images I captured last week during my camping trip to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park (located in the Missouri Ozarks).

While hiking some of the woodland glade trails, there were abundant colonies of Pussytoes wildflowers growing. Pussytoes were given this name due to the fuzzy flowerheads. Pussytoes are also known as Indian tobacco plants. Here are a couple of my favorite macro images:

Pussytoes wildflower

Pussytoes wildflower

Pussytoes are an indication of acidic soils … they are found statewide, where acidic soils are present. The female florets are sometimes crimson in color, similar to the bottom photo above.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO 400 (top photo) and ISO 3200 (bottom photo, due to windy conditions on the small wildflower)
  • Aperture f/3.5 (top photo) and f/9.5 (bottom photo)
  • Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec. (both)

 

 

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Found: A ‘Lifer’ Wildflower

Last week I was quiet … I went on a camping trip to one of my favorite Missouri State Parks, Johnson’s Shut-Ins. Nothing like camping in April, with temperatures like January!!! A cold front came through and I was camping in night temperatures in the mid-20’s … awakening to find a gallon of water frozen, ice buildup on my camp stove … such an eerie scene in mid-April in the Missouri Ozarks!

But I did find a new “lifer” wildflower … the Golden Seal. Here are a couple of images I captured of this new wildflower.

This plant is quite small, reaching a height of about 6-inches, or so:

Golden Seal wildflower blooming

A macro photograph showing the white stamens and pistils:

Golden Seal wildflower blooming

It’s always fun to find a “lifer”! Coming up … more woodland glade wildflowers from my trip, as well as some more woodland wildflowers from around my home in the Missouri Ozarks.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens (top photo), and Canon 180 mm, f/3.5 macro lens (bottom photo)
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO 200 (top photo) and ISO 3200 (bottom photo, due to windy conditions on the small wildflower)
  • Aperture f/5.6 (top photo) and f/8 (bottom photo)
  • Shutter Speed 1/125 sec. (top photo) and 1/2000 sec. (bottom photo)

 

 

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The Bellworts Are Back

Today’s post features some spring woodland wildflowers that I photographed a week ago at Fiery Fork CA, in the Missouri Ozarks … the Bellwort wildflower.

I always enjoy finding these beauties, usually growing in small groups along the rich, woodland slopes. Here are a few of my favorites.

Many Bellwort flowers emerging from the woodland floor:

Bellwort wildflower

A Bellwort, facing upward before it drapes downward and the flower becomes more visible:

Bellwort wildflower

A mature Bellwort blooming:

Bellwort wildflower

A group of Bellworts blooming:

Bellwort wildflower

Coming up … more spring wildflowers from the Ozarks

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180 mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO 200 and ISO 400
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter Speed 1/1500 sec. to 1/4000 sec.

 

 

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Mature Trillium

Today’s post features some macro photographs of mature Trillium wildflowers, captured recently along the Natural Bridge Trail of Ha Ha Tonka State Park (in the Missouri Ozarks).

Trillium, or “Wake Robin” are wildflowers that grow in spring in many of Missouri’s woodlands. Earlier, I featured some young plants … today’s post features some mature plants, in bloom:

Trillium wildflower

Trillium wildflower

Trillium wildflower

Trillium wildflowers feature a single flower per plant, arising stemless from a whorl of 3 leaves. The flower colors can vary, but most of the area trilliums that I have found are a maroon-red color.

Coming up … more Missouri spring wildflowers.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180 mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO 100, ISO 1000, and ISO 2000
  • Aperture f/3.5 and f/8
  • Shutter Speed 1/180 sec. and 1/750 sec.

 

 

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Ending the Week With a Little Beauty

Today’s post features some of Missouri’s earliest wildflowers that I find every year … Spring Beauties. The images in this post came from both Ha Ha Tonka State Park, and Fiery Fork Conservation Area, both in the Missouri Ozarks.

Here are some of my favorites:

Spring Beauty wildflowers

Spring Beauty wildflowers

Spring Beauty wildflowers

Spring Beauty wildflowers

Spring Beauty wildflowers

Spring Beauty wildflowers

Spring Beauty wildflowers

Spring Beauty wildflowers

These wildflowers are small and cheery, and make a bold statement … “Spring is here, in the Ozarks!”

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180 mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO 400 and ISO 500
  • Aperture f/3.5 f/5.6, and f/8
  • Shutter Speed 1/400 sec. to 1/4000 sec.

 

 

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Ringing in the Bluebells

Today’s post features one of my favorite, springtime woodland wildflowers … the Virginia Bluebells. While hiking at a new location I discovered last week, Burnt Mill Cave Conservation Area (in the Missouri Ozarks), I came upon my first Bluebell plants of the year. Although no bells were formed yet, they are certainly are on their way! Here are a couple of images of one of the many plants that are actively growing:

Virginia Bluebell buds

Virginia Bluebell buds

I will be making another trip to check on these beautiful wildflowers soon … stay tuned!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180 mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec. and 1/2000 sec.

 

 

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Airing Dirty Laundry

Today’s post features some springtime, woodland wildflowers I found and photographed last week … Dutchman’s Breeches. While hiking at Ha Ha Tonka State Park (Missouri), I was happy to find quite a few breeches waving in the air! Here are some of my favorite images:

Dutchman's Breeches wildflowers

Dutchman's Breeches wildflowers

Dutchman's Breeches wildflowers

Dutchman's Breeches wildflowers

I’m planning on making another trip to Burnt Mill Cave CA soon … possibly this week, to check on the bluebells and other woodland wildflowers there. Coming up … more spring wildflowers.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180 mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO 400 (images #1 and #3), ISO 800 (image #2) and ISO 8000 (bottom)
  • Aperture f/3.5 (top 3 images) and f/32 (bottom image)
  • Shutter Speed 1/180 sec. (all)

 

 

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