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 past, there have been plenty of Blue Phlox to photograph, but usually only single plants, or very small number of plants together in a “colony”. This year, I have seen many large colonies, where the phlox looks almost like a bush! Here are a few of my favorite images I captured of single, or small colony blooms:
In the next post, I’ll share some images I captured of the Blue Phlox “colonies”.
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 5D Mark 3 body
- Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
- Bogen 3221 tripod, with Graf Studioball ballhead
- ISO 800 (a bit windy, so high ISO used to assure fast shutter to stop movement of flowers in the wind)
- Aperture f/5 and f/8
- Shutter 1/1250 sec. to 1/2000 sec.