Proverbial Needle in a Haystack

During my recent Misssouri woodland wildflower workshops, we found two Striped Cream Violets (Viola striata) along the rocky hillside where the Columbine wildflowers grow. Here are a few I captured during a couple of the workshops:

Striped Cream Violet wildflower

Note: the bud just to the left (in the above photo) is a Violet Wood Sorrel, which grow rampant among this rocky slope)

Striped Cream Violet wildflower

Striped Cream Violet wildflower

These wildflowers begin flowering low to the ground. But as the season progresses, the flowers grow smaller and the plant grows taller … up to 2-feet tall! Beautiful littler gems to find! Guess we were living right to find our “needle in the haystack!”

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Graf Studioball ballhead
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/8 (top photo f/16)
  • Shutter 1/160 sec. (top photo 1/30 sec.)



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