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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Purple Rain




Today’s post can be used as my personal tribute to Prince. On my way back home from the Stillwater, Oklahoma Art Festival, I stopped by Prairie State Park in southwest Missouri for a couple of days of wildflower photography. As the entire region was in a “monsoon season”, we had lots of rain. Fortunately, there […]

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Cleanup Crew At Rest




It’s been an incredible week! The weekend art festival in Stillwater, Oklahoma went extremely well … in most ways. Saturday was probably the best single day I’ve had since I’ve been participating in art shows/festivals the past few years! Sunday, however, was quite different … mostly due to weather issues. We encountered some pesky rain […]

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The Name Says It All




On my recent trip to Prairie State Park in southwest Missouri, I found some Bird’s-foot Violets (Viola pedata) still blooming, so I made some images of the leaves of this plant, where the common name originated. You might remember my original post on these beauties, about 4 weeks ago (“A Little Birdie Told Me”), where […]

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A Beautiful Woodland Find




Just before traveling to Springfield, Missouri for last weekend’s art festival, I made a 1-day trip to Prairie State Park in southwest Missouri, to check out the spring wildflowers. I found a lot of cool wildflowers, but one of the “best” finds was this unidentified woodland wildflower that was growing in a forest area, adjacent […]

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Hungry Little Varmints!




While hiking the prairie trails at Prairie State Park (southwest Missouri), I came upon a stand of lovely Gaura wildflower (Gaura biennis) plants in rich bloom:   A short distance later, I discovered a Gaura plant that was pretty ragged looking:   I closely inspected the plant, but could not find what was eating the […]

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Early Morning Dewdrops




During my recent Prairie State Park photo trip, I was greeted in the early morning hours with glistening dewdrops on the prairie grasses. In this first image, I was able to capture the dewdrop with a glistening starburst, always an interesting opportunity:   In this second image, not only did I capture a starburst, but […]

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A Dayflower At It’s Best




While camping in Prairie State Park in early October, I found this lovely little wildflower, growing behind a large shade tree:   This is a Dayflower (Commelina communis), a member of the Spiderwort family, and grows in Missouri’s low woods, bottomlands, and near dwellings. It grows from one to two feet tall, and can bloom […]

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Buckeye




During my photo trip to Prairie State Park (southwest Missouri) last month, I saw a ton of Buckeye Butterflies (Junonia coenia) throughout the prairie. Most of the time, they were perched on the wildflowers and collecting nectar. Here are a few images I made of the Buckeyes:   The Buckeye butterflies are one of the […]

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A Beauty on the Prairie




Images from today’s post comes from Prairie State Park in southwestern Missouri. I photographed there for 2+ days in early October and had a great time chasing prairie creatures and wildflowers … ok, maybe I didn’t have to chase the flowers … around the beautiful fall-blooming wildflowers. You might remember an earlier post where I […]

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