Blue Gingerbread Men?

Today’s post includes images captured yesterday morning at my rural Missouri home. While walking around a large bed of wildflowers, I came upon some really nice looking Blue Sage wildflowers (Salvia azurea), also known as Pitcher Sage. We’ve had blue sage on our land for several years, but this year is probably the best I’ve seen: lots of nice, single plants, as well as some really great clusters of blue sage flowers:

Blue Salvia wildflower

Blue Salvia wildflower

Blue Sage wildflowers

Oh, and why the title of this post? Well, I’ve always been thrilled to see the beautiful little flowers of the Blue Sage, but if you look at a single flower (especially the middle photo, above), doesn’t it resemble a blue, gingerbread cookie hanging from a Christmas tree? :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180 macro lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT carbon fiber tripod, with 3 Pod H-3 ballhead
  • ISO 1250 (all photos)
  • Aperture f/6.3 (top photo), f/11 (middle photo), f/16 (bottom photo)
  • Shutter 1/250 sec. (top photo), 1/80 sec. (middle and bottom photos)



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