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Some Little Weed Flower Shots
Lens: Pentax-M Macro 50mm Camera: K5 Photo Location: Maryland ISO: 80 Shutter Speed: 1/150s Aperture: F11 
Posted By: joe.penn, 03-19-2012, 03:15 PM

A couple of little tiny weed flowers from today, had the 50mm Macro tubed to give me about a 1.5:1 ratio. Nothing spectacular, just got the itch to get out and shoot something...




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03-19-2012, 03:29 PM   #2
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Not sure what the first one is, but the second one looks like the tiny flower of the Henbit plant. That's an excellent macro of that tiny, tiny flower, fine detail and great colors.
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I just Googled "Henbit" and saw some images that were ringers for your image. Good job on the plant id bluestringer. Great job on the image as well. Great detail!
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It's also quite similar to the individual flowers on a catnip plant. Not surprising, as both plants are in the same family.

Gorgeous shot of it. I didn't have much luck with them last year, but I'm hoping for better this year.

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Thanks for the compliments everyone

So, the "Henbit" is actually an edible plant:

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The young shoots, leaves and flowers of this plant are edible and, once washed, can be simply cooked by adding to frying pan with a knob of butter some spring onions and plenty of seasoning. When sautéed for ten minutes they are ready to consume. Ideally finish with a twist of fresh nutmeg and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice before serving. The tops of young plants can also be used in salads or can be stir-fried as a spring vegetable. The flavour is best when the plant is in flower as it can be very insipid when young.
Anyone here wanna be a guinea pig and try the recipe...
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Yes, it is edible. Have not tried it, don't really want to, but chickens love it. We have a lot of it around here.
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Very nice shots indeed! I have a million of that second one in my yard right now...could it be that I have enough salad for the entire Spring?
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could it be that I have enough salad for the entire Spring?
Let us know how it tastes

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Nice. Amazingly sharp for hand-held at such magnification.
Thanks for sharing.
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Yes, its lots of details on the petal, clearly visible on the second shot.

Great shot.

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Beautiful images, Joe. I really like the blue one. I see them all around, but have never been able to get a decent shot of one. They are sooooo tiny!
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I think they are truly spectacular, most especially the second. I have to look into tubes. Thank you for sharing your beautiful images!
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excellent! ... thanks for sharing
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This reminds me of what Bryan Carnathan wrote about taking macro photos of flowers. It's cheating! It's very hard to get a bad image due to the nature of the subject, the shallow depth of focus, and so on. But that's not meant as a criticism: as an observation, yes.
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