Macro Photo Monday: Mystery Wildflower from Schweitzer Mountain

Macro Photo Mystery Wildflower

Mystery Wildflower on Schweitzer Mountain, July 2012. ISO 80, f/4.0, 6mm focal length, shutter speed 1/250 sec.

 

It’s time for … Macro Photo Monday!

Ever since Decoder Man and I took our wedding anniversary trip to Sandpoint, Idaho, in July, I’ve been sharing the macro photos I took on the Schweitzer Mountain Nature Hike. Click on the Schweitzer Mountain tag at the bottom of this post to make sure you didn’t miss any!

This macro photo is the last from the set I took that day, and the most perplexing because I absolutely cannot identify it. I guess it’s kind of understandable, because it’s a fairly non-descript white flower. It’s dainty and delicate looking, and since I’m the one who took the photo, it has the obligatory bug in the center of the largest blossom. I looked at Phlox, Springbeauty (Claytonia), Collomia (Mountain Trumpet) and several members of the Mustard family (Brassicaceae), but still no luck. If any of you can help classify it for me, I’d be overjoyed. Or at least really happy.

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

It really is a quite pretty little flower, especially when you look at the overall composition with the new buds. I wish I’d taken another picture of it from a different angle, though, with some leaves. Maybe then I could have figured it out. Hopefully it won’t be a mystery for too long. Hope you enjoy it!

Next week I’ll start posting some pictures from our day trip to Silver City, Idaho, in August, so be sure to check back.

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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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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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Macro Photo Monday: Harebell

Macro Photo Harebell Campanula rotundifolia

Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) 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!

This macro photo is of a flower that is probably familiar to most of us: Campanula rotundifolia, also called harebell. Many varieties of Campanulas, or bellflowers, are available commercially. I’m not sure how this particular specimen came by the name harebell (maybe rabbits like it?), but according to Wikipedia, several poems have been written about it. (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.

I like how delicate this little flower is. I also really like the peach colored, corkscrew shaped stamen At least, I think they’re stamen. I can never tell what’s what. Pretty pathetic for a former Master Gardener.

Most of the bellflowers I saw that day had their little heads down, which is quite common for the plant family, because their stems just can’t hold up the blossoms. This was the only flower I found into whose center I could really see. Hope you enjoy it!

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Macro Photo Monday: Carolina Bugbane

Macro Photo Carolina Bugbane Trautvetteria carolinensis

Carolina Bugbane (Trautvetteria carolinensis) on Schweitzer Mountain, July 2012. ISO 80, f/4.0, 6mm focal length, shutter speed 1/1250 sec.

 

It’s time for … Macro Photo Monday!

I’ve always been partial to the Carolinas, because my name is Caroline. My mom was born in South Carolina, but my parents tell me that’s not where they got my name. Also, I had at least one relative with the name (Eudocia Caroline, who went by Dodie — not sure why when she had a perfectly wonderful middle name) plus my dad’s middle name is Carroll, but supposedly I’m not named after either of these people, either. I guess it’s going to remain a mystery, unless my mom decides to enlighten us. I’m convinced it was Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” which is one of my favorite songs to this day, but I digress.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this picture I took on the Schweitzer Mountain Nature Trail in July was of Carolina Bugbane (Trautvetteria carolinensis). It’s also called Tassle-rue. (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.

I love the spiky white petals of this flower, as well as the green centers. My macro photos wouldn’t be complete without bugs, and this photo has those, too. Note the tiny little red bugs on the top left flower. Hope you enjoy it!

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Macro Photo Monday: Worm Leaf Stonecrop

Macro Photo Worm Leaf Stonecrop Sedum stenopetalum

Worm Leaf Stonecrop (Sedum stenopetalum) on Schweitzer Mountain, July 2012. ISO 80, f/4.0, 6mm focal length, shutter speed 1/250 sec.

 

Mondays can be so hum-drum, can’t they? Back to work, back to school, back to real life.  That’s why I’ve decided to introduce … Macro Photo Mondays! Every Monday I’ll post a beautiful macro photo of a wildflower (or occasionally some other type of plant) for all of us to look forward to. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest to make sure you don’t miss one! You can also subscribe for updates at the top of the purple sidebar to the right.

Today’s macro photo is of what I’m relatively sure is Worm Leaf Stonecrop (Sedum stenopetalum). 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.

Stonecrops, or Sedums, are succulents, and you can really tell that from this photo. Each part of the plant seems to be holding in water. It has that, well, succulent look to it. I also like the pretty, star-like quality of the flowers themselves. Ten points to whoever can find the bee (or whatever type of pollinator it is). Hope you enjoy it!

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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!

Originally posted on www.LifeUnfocused.com


 

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!

Originally posted on www.LifeUnfocused.com


Macro Photos of Bear Grass

Sunset over Lake Pend Oreille at Beyond Hope Resort, Hope, ID.

Sunset over Lake Pend Oreille at Beyond Hope Resort, Hope, ID.

This last weekend was Decoder Man’s and my 16th wedding anniversary. Since we’re currently kidless (the girls are visiting his family), we decided to go somewhere we’d never been before, and chose Sandpoint, Idaho. Why Sandpoint? A couple of reasons. One, I’ve got friends who go there every summer and are always talking about how great it is. Two, while Idaho is a great state, we don’t exactly live in a picturesque part of it, and we wanted to see someplace pretty that wasn’t named “McCall.” (Those of you who live nearby will understand.) Third, Sandpoint recently won Rand McNally and USA Today’s Best of the Road competition for the Best Small Town in America.

Decoder Man on the chair lift at Schweitzer.

Decoder Man on the chair lift at Schweitzer.

 

On Saturday we went to Schweitzer Mountain Resort. We rode up the Great Escape Quad chair lift and walked the Nature Trail back down, about 2.5 miles. The top of the mountain offers beautiful views of Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced pon-duh-ray). There were also many beautiful mountain-climate wildflowers to take macro photos of.

Bear Grass (Xerophyllum tenax), also known as Indian Basket Grass, is a truly spectacular plant that greeted us once we got off of the chair lift. Its leaves and stem resemble the yucca plant. Centuries ago, the area’s Native Americans used the leaves to weave into baskets and hats. Meriwether Lewis, in 1806, called it “luxouriant.”

Bear Grass on Schweitzer Mountain

Bear Grass on Schweitzer Mountain. Canon G12, ISO 80, f/4.0, focal length 6 mm, shutter speed 1/1250 sec.

Bear Grass is actually not a grass at all, but a member of the Lily family. Its buds open from the bottom up, exploding with delicate, star-like creamy white flowers.

Photo of Bear Grass Blossom

Bear Grass Blossom on Schweitzer Mountain. Canon G12, ISO 80, f/4.5, focal length 30 mm, shutter speed 1/800 sec.

I had a heck of a time getting a focused macro photo of a bud because it was so windy on the mountain. I don’t know how long I crouched there before I finally got this shot.

Macro Photos of Bear Grass

Macro photo of a Bear Grass Bud. Canon G12 with Raynox DCR-250 macro lens. ISO 80, f/4.5, focal length 25 mm, shutter speed 1/500 sec.

The flowers themselves are dainty and beautiful. These shots were also difficult to get because of the wind. Decoder Man finally had to hold the stem of the plant for me, and even then I took many unfocused photos before I got a couple good ones.

Macro Photos of Bear Grass

Macro photo of Bear Grass Blossom. Canon G12 w/Raynox DCR-250 macro lens. ISO 80, f/4.5, focal length 25 mm, shutter speed 1/1250 sec.

Macro Photos of Bear Grass

Macro photo of Bear Grass Blossom. Canon G12 w/Raynox DCR-250 macro lens. ISO 80, f/5.0, focal length 25 mm, shutter speed 1/1250 sec.

Hope you enjoyed the photos of this interesting plant. Next time I’ll post some macro photos of other wildflowers we saw on the Nature Trail on our hike down Schweitzer Mountain.

Originally posted on www.LifeUnfocused.com