Today’s photos of flowers come from reader James Blilie. I’ve indented his notes and IDs.
Inspired by Joe Routon’s nice plant photos, here are some that I took in July.
These are all taken at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, which has an amazing array of trees, shrubs, and flowers, spread through a beautiful landscape, including a nice 3-mile (4.8 km) walking path. The Arboretum is owned and run by the University of Minnesota.
Our visit to the Arboretum was in early July, as part of our brief staycation this summer,under COVID social and travel restrictions. Many were masked outdoors at the Arboretum. (The indoors were not available.) It was a very hot and humid day (>30°C) so we optedfor the flower gardens surrounding the main facilities. Only a few of these are truly “wild”.
My favorite of the lot: A rose blossom (P7011536, Rosa, sp)
Minnesota is big on Hostas (Hosta, spp.). A Hosta landscape, with a detail below it:
Prickly Pear blossoms (Opuntia, sp.)
An Iris (Iris, sp.)
Finally, a grove of maples (Acer, spp.) shading extensive Hosta gardens. In this view are also two specimens of Homo sapiens (by son, Jamie and my wife).
My equipment: I am a micro 4/3 guy (micro four-thirds; M4/3). There are many things I love about this system; but the main ones are: Tiny size and weight, lower cost for lenses(especially the telephoto end of the range), and features/performance similar to DSLRs.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III (which includes phase-detect auto-focus) (plus several OM-D E-M10 bodies)
Lenses used in these photos: Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO Lens, 12-35mm, F2.8 Asph. (this is my walk-around lens), Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO Lens, 7-14MM, F4.0 Asph., (I love wide-angle. This is 14mm-28mm equivalent)
Software: I mainly use Lightroom 5, but sometimes Photoshop CS5, and often Photoshop Elements 11.
Olympus recently sold its consumer camera business and I fear this means the doom of the Olympus side of this system. Fortunately, the lens mount is an informal standard (I can mix and match lenses and camera bodies from at least two manufacturers).
The M4/3 image has a 4:3 aspect ratio (17.3 mm × 13.0 mm) versus the more familiar 3:2 of 35mm film (36mm × 24mm).