Not Exactly the Cat’s Meow

Today’s post features a couple of macro images I captured last week during my camping trip to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park (located in the Missouri Ozarks).

While hiking some of the woodland glade trails, there were abundant colonies of Pussytoes wildflowers growing. Pussytoes were given this name due to the fuzzy flowerheads. Pussytoes are also known as Indian tobacco plants. Here are a couple of my favorite macro images:

Pussytoes wildflower

Pussytoes wildflower

Pussytoes are an indication of acidic soils … they are found statewide, where acidic soils are present. The female florets are sometimes crimson in color, similar to the bottom photo above.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO 400 (top photo) and ISO 3200 (bottom photo, due to windy conditions on the small wildflower)
  • Aperture f/3.5 (top photo) and f/9.5 (bottom photo)
  • Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec. (both)



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