What A Beauty!

While hiking a local Missouri woodland the other morning, I came upon a couple of Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) wildflower plants. These little guys are sometimes difficult to spot, as they grow to only about 5-inches tall, often hidden by taller grasses/plants. But I love the colors of these little guys … white with pink/lavendar veins running through the petals:

Spring Beauty wildflower

I then captured a 9-image sequence and combined them in HeliconFocus software to get a nice focus-stacked image:

Spring Beauty wildflower

The root of the Spring Beauty is an edible corm, which was often used as food by early American Indians.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Kirk Ent. HD ballhead
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/100 sec. to 1/320 sec.
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