|Copyright: John Denk (jpdenk)
|Date Taken: 2013-04-07|
|Camera: Nikon D90, 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor|
|Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds|
|Details: Tripod: Yes|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2013-04-08 23:18|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Texas Bluebonnet, Lupinus texensis, photographed at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge near Forth Worth, Texas.|
I put my camera on a small tripod and used a wired remote to trigger the camera during brief lulls in the strong breeze that I had on this day.
Kingdom-Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom-Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision-Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division-Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class-Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Family-Fabaceae – Pea family
Genus-Lupinus L. – lupine
Species-Lupinus texensis Hook. – Texas Bluebonnet
Info from Wikipedia:
Lupinus texensis (common name Texas Bluebonnet) is a species of lupine which is endemic to Texas. With other related species of lupines also called bluebonnets, it is the state flower of Texas.
It is a biennial plant which begins its life as a small gravel-like seed. The seed has a hard seed coat that must be penetrated by wind, rain and weather over the course of a few months (but sometimes several years). In the fall the bluebonnets emerge as small seedings with two cotyledons, and later a rosette of leaves that are palmately compound with 5-7 leaflets 3-6 cm long, green with a faint white edge and hair. Growth continues over the mild winter months and then in the spring will take off and rapidly grow larger before sending up a 20-40 cm tall plume of blue flowers (with bits of white and occasionally a tinge of pinkish-red).
It has been found in the wild with isolated mutations in other colors, most notably all-white flowers, pink, and maroon. These mutations have since been selectively bred to produce different color strains that are available commercially.
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Nice flowers with beautiful colors and good sharpness
- [2013-04-09 9:04]
Great to see a post from you once more. You have captured these pretty blubonnets perfectly in a fine looking vertical presentation. Love the vivid yet natural colors and exceptional sharpness. I would never have guessed that it was a windy day from the detail you managed to obtain.
Apparently Texas is way ahead of us, as things are still all brown in the woods here in Ohio. I can't wait until the birds really get fired up with their spring migration up at Magee Marsh. Hope to see some more wonderful shots from you soon!!
- [2013-04-09 11:23]
Hi John,beautiful capture of this blue lupinus,very common in my country too but only in the private gardens..ehehe...i like your perspective and the perfect capture of the colors,very difficult this blue for a digital camera.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano