A New “Play Place”

McDonald’s has nothing on me … I now have a new “play place” available for prairie wildflower photography! Last summer, the Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) purchased a natural prairie remnant not too far from my home. As a member of MPF, I attended a tour of this new prairie a few weeks ago and have since returned to photograph the emerging wildflowers.

Snowball Hill Prairie was purchased last summer. After taking an inventory of the prairie wildflowers/grasses there, the MPF conducted a controlled burn on half of the prairie, this past winter. As is usual, this controlled burn has resulted in a fantastic beginning of wildflower season here! There are many wildflowers either blooming, or emerging (for summer blooms) and I will be featuring a few of them in upcoming posts. Today’s post includes a few Spiderwort wildflower images I captured a few days ago at Snowball Hill Prairie:

Spiderwort wildflower

Spiderwort wildflower

Spiderwort wildflower

Spiderwort wildflower

As you can see in the last image, there are also lots of great critters that love this prairie, too!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/5.6 to f/11
  • Shutter 1/250 sec. to 1/1250 sec.

 

 

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Posted in 2016, Blog, Insect Photography, Macro Photography, Nature Photography, Wildflowers
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