Category Archives: focus stacking

Wonderful Blues on the Prairie




Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been photographing some new prairie wildflowers for me … the Downy Gentian. These wildflowers are a very deep blue and very mesmerizing. And in some conditions, the flowers look nearly purple. All the Gentians I’ve been finding are quite small, ranging from about 8-inches to 16-inches tall, and […]

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Ladies’ Tresses




I hiked around Snowball Hill Prairie yesterday morning and found quite a few neat things. In today’s post, I’m featuring a focus-stacked image (combining 9 individual images) of a Ladies’ Tresses wildflower (Spiranthes cernua), a member of the Orchid family. I actually saw 14 of these small beauties (they grow to about 14″ to 18″ […]

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From Michigan to Missouri




During my hikes around Snowball Hill Prairie, I ran across a couple of Michigan Lilies (Lilium michiganense) that had just begun blooming! This was a new wildflower for me, one I had not seen before. Quite a lovely find in the middle of a prairie! Here are a couple of images I captured: After capturing […]

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Purple Rain, Part 2




Yesterday, I got a chance to combine together some images I captured of the Bird’s-foot Violet for focus-stacking. Using Helicon Focus software, I combined 10 images into a single image, to get a single image with increased depth of field on the subject, but without influencing the background focus. It ended up pretty nice, but […]

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Fun Friday: FOY Clearwing Moth




This past week, while photographing wildflowers in a rainy mist at Prairie State Park, I was hiking through a thick bed of wet clover while making my way towards some Flowering Dogwood trees that were in bloom. While maneuvering the thick clover, I scared up a Clearwing Moth. Being wet and a rainy mist still […]

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More Frosty Bluebells




Today I’m featuring some more Virginia Bluebell (Mertensia virginica) wildflowers, captured in frosty conditions this past Monday morning: And a couple more focus-stacked images. This first one was prepared by combining 28 individual images: And another focus-stacked image, prepared by combining 29 individual images: Coming up, a few more wildflowers that are currently blooming on […]

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The Beauty of a Hard Freeze




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30 Days and Counting!




Been watching my calendar closely lately … it won’t be long until Missouri’s spring woodland wildflowers are blooming! In fact, 30 days from today is when I began photographing the woodland wildflowers last year. Today’s image was captured during my 2015 pre-workshop scouting trips. This Bluebell wildflower with buds showing is making me anxious to […]

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Do the Dew




When photographing on the prairies, I always arrive early. Arriving early not only gives me that great, soft light, but more often than not, I’m treated to a “dewy wonderland”! Here are a few images I’ve captured over the past few years that help making getting up so early a bit more tolerable!  :o) The […]

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2015 Faves, Part 3




In Part 3 of my 2015 Favorite images/trips, I’m highlighting a small portion of the many beautiful spring woodland wildflowers that I photographed this past spring. Woodland wildflowers begin emerging in early spring, typically March-April, and their timing is wonderful for curing my “cabin fever” that has built up over the winter! Here are some […]

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