Free Photo of the Day 5/26/14 (with a Memorial Day Bonus!)

Canon T3i; 1/640 sec;   f/4.5;   ISO 200; 55mm wide.
Canon T3i; 1/640 sec; f/4.5; ISO 200; 55mm wide.

Two free photos in honor of the holiday, today! Both of these were taken at the Richard D. Haley Native Plant Wildlife Gardens. Above, a clump of Houstonia caerulea or bluets that I shot at ground level in extreme closeup, with a narrow focus.

The gardens had a stunning patch of golden ragwort (Senecio aureus, below). I set the focus to a small cluster of plants against a backdrop of others falling away into the distance, with a wide aperture to throw them out of focus. I think it creates a lovely tableau even if it’s not quite a perfect composition of the subjects. What do you think? I took some more standard portraits and a wider shot that I may share, too.

Speaking of editorials, I simply must comment on how unappreciated this free resource to the public is. In many years of hiking and photographing the outdoors, I’ve become accustomed to the fact that our state and federal parks and forests are barely used. But this little gem and the nearby conservation center are just so well attended and arrayed that I really wish more people would visit.

Enjoy the photos, and please consider linking to my blog or donating to my college fund. Thanks!

Golden Ragwort
T3i, 1/320 sec; f/5.6; ISO 200; 40mm

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