Macro Photo Monday: Arnica

Macro Photo Arnica

Arnica, either latifolia or cordifolia, or a cross of the two, on Schweitzer Mountain, July 2012. For some reason my camera didn’t capture the settings for this photo. Guess it was taking a break.

It’s time for … Macro Photo Monday!

I had a heck of a time trying to classify this next wildflower, whose picture I took on Schweitzer Mountain near Sandpoint, Idaho, in July. At first I thought it was a wild variety of Coreopsis, or tickseed, but that didn’t pan out. As far as I can tell, it’s either Arnica latifolia or Arnica cordifolia, or even perhaps A. latifolia x cordifolia, since the two evidently hybridize in the wild.

I need to remember to start taking pictures of the whole plant, not just macro photos of the blossoms. It would help with the classification process.¬†(Standard disclaimer: I’m an amateur wildflower photographer, not a botanist. None of my plant classifications are 100% guaranteed.)

As always, I used my trusty Canon G12 with the Raynox DCR-250 macro lens. I seem to have a harder time getting yellow and white flowers in crisp focus. Anybody know why?

I love the creamy, trumpet shaped flowers in the center of the blossom.  Hope you enjoy it!

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