Seeing Stars

After a week of being “off-line”, I’m now back home and ready to continue making and sharing nature images. I had a successful, although shortened art festival in Stillwater, Oklahoma (torrential downpours caused the show to be canceled for last Sunday, so it ended up being a 1-day show). On the way home, I stopped to photograph the spring prairie wildflowers of Prairie State Park, one of my favorite places to photograph wildflowers. My photography time there was also shortened due to weather; I had to work around multiple rain events. But the water droplets on the many wildflowers beginning to bloom made for some interesting images! Today’s post features one of the many wildflowers at Prairie State Park, the Yellow Star Grass (Hypoxis hirsuta). Here are my favorite images:

Yellow Star Grass with water droplets

Yellow Star Grass with water droplets

In the following image, an elongated leaf with a serrated edge is peering over the lower flower. I believe this is one of the many Rattlesnake Master plants that are only about a foot high at this point:

Yellow Star Grass with water droplets

The Yellow Star Grass has 1-3 flowers on a hairy stem to 6-inches tall. The blooms are often very close to the ground. Seeing stars on the prairie really puts the spring prairie wildflower season into motion. My next few posts will be some other wildflowers captured at Prairie State Park.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod and ballhead
  • ISO 500 (all images)
  • Aperture f/11, f/3.5 (middle & bottom images)
  • Shutter 1/80 sec. (top image), 1/800 sec. (middle image), 1/500 sec. (bottom image)



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