Macro Photo of Sagebrush Bluebells

Macro Photo Sagebrush Bluebells Mertensia oblongifolia

Sagebrush Bluebells (Mertensia oblongifolia) on Schweitzer Mountain, July 2012. ISO 80, f/4.0, 21mm focal length, shutter speed 1/640 sec.


It’s time again for another macro photo! Today’s macro photo is of what I’m relatively sure is Sagebrush Bluebells (Mertensia oblongifolia). But as usual, don’t take my wildflower classifications as 100% guaranteed.

I took this photo in July on the Schweitzer Mountain Nature Trail near Sandpoint, Idaho. See some of the other macro photos I took that day here.

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

I didn’t see many of these Bluebells on the mountain that day, or I would have tried to get a shot of one with the flowers open. One of the things I find most fascinating about this picture is that if you look at it very closely, you’ll see that the stem has many of what appear to be tiny grasshoppers climbing the stem upside-down! Seems like I always get pictures with bugs in them, but I never notice them until I look at the picture on my computer later. Oh well. It’s still pretty. Hope you enjoy it!

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Macro Photos from Schweitzer Mountain, Part 1

Lake Pend Oreille


In my last macro post, I shared some macro photos of Bear Grass, a spectacular plant that greeted us when we stepped off the chair lift at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Here are some macro photos of the other flowers we saw on the 2.5 mile Nature Hike Trail back down to the village. All were taken with my Canon G12 with the Raynox DCR-250 macro lens. I’m making my best guess on the species, and I can’t guarantee I’m getting them right.

This first shot is what I think is shrubby penstemon (Penstemon fruticosus). I’ve always liked penstemon, but can’t grow them because while they prefer “unimproved soil” (check) they can’t stand clay soil (again, check), and so only grow well in soil with good drainage (definitely uncheck).

Macro photos of Shrubby Penstemon

Next is an interesting shot of leaves from silky lupine (Lupinus sericeus). I got a few pictures of the blooms as well, but they were all unfocused. Not sure what happened.

Macro photos of Silky Lupine leaves.

Here’s a nice shot of a subalpine daisy (Erigeron peregrinus). Love the purple, yellow, and green together.

Macro photos of purple subalpine daisy.

These next two are of subalpine mariposa lilies (Calochortus subalpinus). They look quite delicate, and I love how the center of the flowers look a bit like a propeller.

Macro photos of subalpine mariposa lily.
Macro photos of subalpine mariposa lily.

Here’s what I think is Giant Red Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata). I like how solid this flower looks compared to most other paintbrush flowers.

Macro photos of Giant Red Indian Paintbrush.

Here’s a really interesting one: Parsnip-flower wild buckwheat (Eriogonum heracleoides). What a mouthful. The petals start with a red blush before opening, but lose it once open to end up a greenish cream color.

Macro photos of Parsnip-flower wild buckwheat.

Well, I’ve got several more pictures from the trek down Schweitzer Mountain, but I think I’ll save them for next time. Hope you enjoyed these!

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Macro Photos of Bearded Iris

Beard on Purple Bearded Iris

A close shot of the “beard” on the Iris. Canon PS G12, ISO 640, f/2.8, focal length: 6.1 mm, shutter speed: 1/60th second.

Purple Bearded Iris

Purple Bearded Iris in my backyard.

I’ve always loved irises. My mom has had irises for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, we had friends at church whose son cross-bred bearded irises, and we ended up with a lot of his “experiments.” They’re one of my favorite flowers.

Most of the irises I have came from my parents’ house. I had several different colors. But then we moved, and while I dug up irises from all over my yard, I ended up with only a bright yellow-gold. My mom brought me more, but for some reason it took them a couple of years to take hold, and this is the first year I’ve had something other than yellow irises bloom.

I had two beautiful dark purple ones bloom this year. The lighting is so harsh in the first picture. Most of the time the flower is such a dark purple it almost looks black. I never did get a good picture of an entire bloom. Here’s one I took of the inside:

Inside of Purple Bearded Iris

The inside of my Purple Bearded Iris. Kind of psychedelic, huh?

Isn’t this absolutely beautiful? The afternoon light created a glow when it came through the petals. The three smooth petals on the inside look like they’ve been smeared by a finger covered with oil pastels. I also love the spotted parts on the bottom part of the upper petals. I took this photo with my Canon PS G12, ISO 400, f/2.8, focal length: 6.1 mm, shutter speed: 1/30th sec.

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