First Spring Beauties of 2015

Yesterday morning, I first checked out the woodland where I will be conducting some in-the-field wildflower photography workshops (starting next week), then decided to check out a woodland area that is behind another friend’s house, right across the road from my home. I wasn’t too optimistic about finding much there, but boy was I wrong!

If my memory is correct, I found 10 different species blooming! Today’s post features one of those 10 species, Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica). Here are a few of my favorite images captured yesterday morning:

Spring Beauty wildflowers

Spring Beauty wildflowers

Spring Beauty wildflowers

The Spring Beauty is a low-grower, only to ~4″-5″ high when flowering; after flowering is complete, it will grow approximately twice that tall. The dainty little flowers contain 5 petals … white with a distinct pink veining. There are 5 pink stamens. The Spring Beauty grows in open woods, fields, valleys, and sometimes in suburban lawns. It can be found statewide in Missouri. I have read that Native Americans at the roots of the Spring Beauty.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Giottos ballhead
  • ISO 800 (a bit windy)
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec. to 1/1600 sec.
  • All 3 images created by “focus-stacking” multiple images (top = 14 images; middle = 11 images; bottom = 7 images) using Helicon Focus software



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