Aster Time

On my last hike on the local, Missouri prairie, I found a lot of Asters blooming, making for a colorful hike. Here are a couple of my favorite images:

Aster wildflower

Aster wildflower

Missouri has several species of Asters, including some white, blue, purple and even yellow ones. I’m not sure on this species, but believe it is the Oblong-leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium). These wildflowers are in the Daisy family and grow up to 3-feet tall. They are perennials, with each flower having 20-40 ray florets, usually blue or purple. They can bloom from July to November.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 800 (due to gusty winds)
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/80 sec. (top), 1/50 sec. (bottom)



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