Last year, toward the end of July, I took a trip to Larson Park which is about a 10 minute drive from my house. Here are some photos from that visit.
This is some sort of milkweed plant, a favorite flower of monarch butterflies. Despite a fairly large bed of the flowers, I didn’t see a single monarch.
I don’t know what flower the next two photos are but I always like to photograph them.
I’m still trying to get the “perfect” hibiscus photo with my 105mm macro lens where I have the whole length of the pistil in focus while shooting it 2/4 or better head on. These next two photos are the closest I’ve come in a while. I have a bunch of old shots from Florida where the whole pistil and flower were always in focus because it was a small camera with a very small 1/2.3″ sensor. The depth of field on that camera was basically infinity. I knew that the shorter the focal length of a lens and/or the smaller the aperture, the greater depth of field one can achieve. I didn’t know until recently that the smaller the sensor size the greater the depth of field. Evidently the reasons for all that can be explained by physics … uh, I’ll take their word for it.
This one come pretty close too and had a bonus feature. As is often the case when I shoot flowers, I didn’t notice the little critter on this hibiscus until I viewed the photo on my PC monitor. I’m pretty sure the insect is a transverse ladybird larva and I think ladybird is another name for ladybug.
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