Archive for June 10th, 2009

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Jun
09

6/10/2009

Fringed Puccon

Fringed Puccon

I have mentioned twice now the scarcity of real prairie remnants on the North Dakota prairie. Everywhere you look it is wheat or soybean desert or the prairie-like mix of invasive plants, mostly Kentucky Bluegrass and Timothy. The section pictured yesterday, and one we found a few days before in better light are exceptions, not the rule. I say we found it, but of course the refuge Waterfowl Production Area manager who was our guide knew exactly where it was, as it harbors the last of the native prairie plants she hopes to see reestablished someday on the lands she manages.

Fringed Poccon is just one of the spring wildflowers found only on remnant short-grass prairie.  As a bonus I am including images of a few of the others we found that day at the foot of this piece.

There are few cameras better for photographing wildflowers (imho) than the Sony H50. The articulated LCD allows shots from ground level, and the 2 cm close focus in macro makes close detail easy. The only drawback is that the small sensor size makes the relative size of the aperture, even wide open, physically small, which leads to more depth of field and more distracting backgrounds than some like in a wildflower shot. I have come to like the more present background as being closer to our actual experience of the flower in the flied, but I will admit to admiring those flower portraits where the bloom floats on sea of attractive but undistracting bokeh. This is not one of those. It is the flower as it sits in the world.

Sony DSC H50 at full wide and macro. F5.6 @ 1/320th @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

In Lightroom, some cropping for composition. Recovery for the bright yellows. Added Clarity and Vibrance, and Landscape sharpen preset.

From Prairies and Potholes 2009.

Wild Flax

Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke

Pussy Toes

Pussy Toes

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