Proverbial Needle in a Haystack




During my recent Misssouri woodland wildflower workshops, we found two Striped Cream Violets (Viola striata) along the rocky hillside where the Columbine wildflowers grow. Here are a few I captured during a couple of the workshops: Note: the bud just to the left (in the above photo) is a Violet Wood Sorrel, which grow rampant […]

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Blue Phlox, Post 2




In yesterday’s post, I featured some individual flower/plant images of the Blue Phlox woodland wildflowers. In today’s post, I’m featuring images of groups of Blue Phlox growing in small colonies: As mentioned in my last post, this has to be the best display of Blue Phlox at this location that I’ve seen! Can it get […]

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Blue Phlox, Post 1




Today’s post is the first part of two, featuring the Blue Phlox wildflowers (Phlox divaricata), also know as Wild Sweet William. The Blue Phlox wildflowers have been outstanding over the past week. It’s hard to speculate what has caused such a great display this year, but likely is due to moisture and temperatures. In years […]

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Flowering Dogwood




Yesterday morning saw a gently, misty rain for nearly the entire morning, before ending and remaining cloudy. Once the rain ended, I headed out to the woods in my rural Missouri home’s backyard and photographed several things, including this Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida): The Dogwood also happens to be the state tree of Missouri … […]

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May Is Near!




On my last woodland wildflower workshop, we found some May Apples (Podophyllum peltatum) that were beginning to show their flower bud … although it is still May.  If you are not familiar with the May Apple, also sometimes called Mandrake, is a rather large plant, up to 12″-18″ tall, with a single white flower. The […]

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FOY Phlox




Yesterday was another busy day. I began the day with a classroom session with a new student, with an emphasis on getting the correct exposure. We covered a variety of topics, but most of the time was spent on learning how to properly read the histogram and how to correct our exposures using Exposure Compensation. […]

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More Trout Lilies




During my last outing to a nearby, Missouri woodland, I found many more Trout Lilies, aka Dog-tooth Violets (Erythronium albidum) blooming: And still hundreds/thousands of leaves poking through the leaf litter, meaning even more to show up! Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark 3 body Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens Bogen 3221 tripod, with […]

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Common Violet Wildflower




Yesterday, I held my first of several, scheduled in-the-field workshops for wildflower photography. One of the many wildflowers we found blooming was the Common Violet (Viola sororia). Here are a few images I captured, alongside a student: And this next image was created by “focus-stacking” 10 images into one image: The Common Violet grows to […]

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Trout Lily




Today’s post features the Trout Lily, aka Dog-tooth Violet (Erythronium albidum), one of my favorite spring, woodland wildflower. It has such a graceful flower on a stem that grows to ~7″ tall. And surrounded by leaves that are 6″ long and mottled dull green and brown, with a silvery coating. Here are a few of […]

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A “Lifer” Wildflower: Bloodroot




While hiking and photographing woodland wildflowers yesterday, I found a “lifer” wildflower … one I have often hoped to run across, but until this trip, had never seen. I’m talking about Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis). Here are a few of  my favorite images of the Bloodroot wildflowers: Here are some “young” plants, emerging from the leaf […]

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