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…