Macro Photo Monday: Antennaria rosea

Macro Photo Rosy Pussytoes Antennaria rosea

Rosy Pussytoes, or Antennaria rosea, on Schweitzer Mountain, July 2012. ISO 80, f/4.0, 6mm focal length, shutter speed 1/500 sec.


It’s time for … Macro Photo Monday!

During our hike down the Schweitzer Mountain Nature Trail, I took a macro photo of this wildflower, having no idea if it was even considered a wildflower or a weed. I thought it looked interesting, but didn’t really expect to be able to classify it. So when I stumbled across these pictures of Antennaria rosea, or Rosy Pussytoes, I was very surprised. It made me wish I’d tried harder to find a specimen completely in the sunlight.

(Standard disclaimer: I’m an amateur wildflower photographer, not a botanist. None of my plant classifications are 100% guaranteed.)

As always, I used my Canon G12 with the Raynox DCR-250 macro lens.

Supposedly the plant, an herb, gets its name because the white flower heads look like the pads on a cat’s paw. I’m not sure I see the resemblance from this photo, but I have seen others, closer to when it goes to seed, that do remind me more of cats’ paws. Hope you enjoy it!

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