A Little Post-Kayak Gaura

On Monday morning, I arose early and headed out with the kayak. I had a wonderful, peaceful couple of hours as I drifted around a nearby lake. Ran across quite a bit of wildlife (will post images in later posts), but as I was pulling the kayak out of the water to load into my truck, I saw some wildflowers growing about 50 yards away, along the bank. After loading the kayak, I headed down with my camera. I found a couple of species of wildflowers growing, but the prevalent one was this Gaura (Gaura longiflora), sometimes called the Butterfly flower. I typically find this wildflower growing on some of the nearby prairies, so was a bit surprised to find it along the lake bank. Here are a few of my favorite images:

Gaura wildflower

Gaura wildflower

Gaura wildflower

Gaura wildflower

Gaura wildflower

This Gaura species can grow up to 5-feet tall. The white flower petals turn pink as they mature. The name Butterfly Plant comes from the flowers resembling a small butterfly.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon EF 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens (since I was kayaking, I my macro lens was at home)
  • Handheld, with IS “ON”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/5 to f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/400 sec. to 1/1,250 sec.

 

 

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Posted in 2016, Blog, Nature Photography, Wildflowers
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