Purple on the Prairie

Yesterday morning, I made an early morning hike around the nearby natural prairie. I had a great time and saw quite a lot of things happening. First, let me say that yesterday was an ideal day to hike the prairie around sunrise time … our temperatures have dropped dramatically over the past 24 hours (it was 47F as I began my hike), and with the extreme change in temperatures, there was some fog in the air and a heavy dew on the plants … ideal for early morning photography!

Today’s post is a collection of macro images I captured¬† of Thistle, profusely blooming on the prairie right now. I’m not certain on the species, but I believe this is Cirsium vulgare, commonly referred to as Bull Thistle. Here are my favorites, from the many images I captured yesterday morning, with thistles in various stages of blooming:

Thistle wildflower

Thistle wildflower

Thistle wildflower

Thistle wildflower

Thistle wildflower

Thistle wildflower

Thistle wildflower

Thistle wildflower

Thistle wildflower

In the next post, I’ll share some interesting “residents” that are calling these thistles home :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 macro lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT carbon fiber tripod, with 3 Pod H-3 ballhead (this is my new, lightweight macro setup)
  • ISO 500 to ISO 1250 (ISO was changed, as wind and light required)
  • Aperture f/5 to f/29 (aperture varied to achieve varying depth of field
  • Shutter 1/6 sec. to 1/80 sec.

 

 

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