On my last trip to the nearby prairie, I stopped by the road to capture a few images of a lovely blue wildflower that is very common this time of year … Chicory (Cichorium intybus), also known as “Blue Sailors”. A common roadside weed in our area, it is quite a beauty if viewed up-close. The root of this wildflower is used as an adulterant or flavoring for coffee. I love the blue color of the blooms and the close-up details of the flowers:
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 5D Mark 3 body
- Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 macro lens + Canon 1.4x TC (=252mm)
- Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT carbon fiber tripod, with Graff Studioball ballhead
- ISO 800 (slight wind was causing these tall wildflowers to sway in the breeze)
- Aperture f/5
- Shutter 1/250 sec. and 1/400 sec.