Photo of the Week – June 25, 2015

It’s black-eyed susan season!

Black-eyed Susan flowers (Rudbeckia hirta).  The Nature Conservancy's Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.
Black-eyed susan flowers (Rudbeckia hirta). The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

How can I not photograph these flowers?  I have more than enough black-eyed susan flowers in my photo files, but they’re just so STRIKING!  After returning from our Texas vacation, I spent much of Monday scouting our Platte River Prairies to see what prairie seeds were ripe and where the optimal harvest locations were for each species.  For a while, the sun was poking in and out of thin clouds, so I pulled the camera out and looked for something to help me capture the light.  I really did try to find something besides black-eyed susan to photograph, but I just couldn’t do it.

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I photographed them from the front, side, and back.  I photographed the flowers, stems, and leaves.  These are just a few of the shots from the 10-15 minutes I spent satisfying my need.  I may have a problem…

 

8 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – June 25, 2015

  1. shanevano June 25, 2015 / 10:47 pm

    Hi Chris, do you have a favorite lens for close up photos?

    Shane V.

    “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” Aldous Huxley

    Sent from my iPhone.

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    • Chris Helzer June 28, 2015 / 7:41 am

      Shane – sorry for the delay. I use a Nikon 105mm macro and really like it.

  2. Aggie June 26, 2015 / 2:49 am

    Beautiful girls. We have several similar varieties around us in north Texas. The ones in the ditch across the street are 6′ tall. Hoping they don’t get mowed!

    • Aggie June 26, 2015 / 2:56 am

      I just noticed and am happy to find your book! We are just outside the curve, in the post oak savannah of Red River county, Texas, but I think it will be helpful. We are trying to get natives back where bahia was planted. We had a nice mixture of sedges, forbs, and flowers this spring, and the bahia has competition this summer. Thank you!

  3. marilyn June 26, 2015 / 6:21 am

    Love these little sunbursts!

  4. Deb Ratzlaff June 26, 2015 / 9:59 am

    But, oh, what a nice problem to have! Keep the photos coming!

  5. Jeannie Patton June 26, 2015 / 12:58 pm

    I have batches and batches of these girlies in my back yard “native” garden in Boulder. They never cease to make me smile. Thanks for this cheery Friday photo.

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