A “Lifer” Prairie Wildflower

During my photo outing on Snowball Hill Prairie last week, I captured a new wildflower for me. After researching it, I believe it to be a prairie phlox, but not sure of the species. I thought it might be Phlox paniculata, but my wildflower book shows it blooms from July to October … and we’re a long way from that timeframe! So, if one of my readers knows the proper identification, please let me know.

Whatever it is, it is quite a beauty on the prairie! And especially so, whenever a clump of several plants is found. Here are a few of my favorite images I captured last week (note the early morning dewdrops on many of the flowers … the reason I love to get on the prairie before the sun gets too high in the sky):

Prairie Phlox wildflower

Prairie Phlox wildflower

Prairie Phlox wildflower

Prairie Phlox wildflower

Prairie Phlox wildflower

Prairie Phlox wildflower

Prairie Phlox wildflower

Coming up, some more wildflowers captured on Snowball Hill Prairie, including a slight variation of the prairie phlox highlighted in this post.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 500 (all images)
  • Aperture f/8 to f/18
  • Shutter 1/100 sec. to 1/1000 sec.

 

 

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