Mish’s Garden: Painted Lady Butterflies in Autumn, Polyphemus Moth in Summer

One enjoyment of having a garden is the wonderful creatures that come around.

I have migrating Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies every Autumn, Red Admiral butterflies in the Spring, and occasionally I see giant moths like this Polyphemus.

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Mish’s Garden: Waterlily Colchicums in Autumn

The ‘Waterlily’ Colchicum is a hybrid resulting from a cross of Colchicum autumnale ‘Alboplenum’ and Colchicum speciosum ‘Album’. The flowers resemble a water lily, hence the name. The fully double, lilac-pink flowers bloom in late summer to early fall on naked stems to 6″ tall.

Up to two-foot tall Leaves appear in the Spring and die back in the summer. The flowers appear out of nowhere, with no leaves in early Autumn. I plant them in beds with low growing groundcovers to add a touch of green leaves.

These are one of my favorite flowers. Deer generally don’t touch them.

I used a Canon 100MM Macro F 2.8 Lens for all of these images.

Following are more colchicum images.

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Mish’s Garden: Crabapple Trees and Ornamental Grasses in Autumn

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We have three crabapple trees in the front that have red berries and one in the back with yellow berries. This is the one will yellow berries. It looks like floating eyeballs.

I shot it from below, looking almost straight up.

I used a Canon 24-105MM F4 L Lens at 47mm, ISO 200 for 1/60 second at F18.

Following are images of the front yard.

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Mish’s Garden: Colorful Japanese Maples in Autumn

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That is what our backyard looks like at the peak of Autumn. The maples turn late. It was early November.

I used a Canon 24-105MM F4 L Lens at 35mm for 20 seconds at F16.

It was after sunset.

In a rarity for me, I used fill flash to light the trees. The flash, the ambient light, and the light inside the house were all similar. Continue reading “Mish’s Garden: Colorful Japanese Maples in Autumn”

Mish’s Garden: Frost on Ornamental Kale

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I used a my Canon 100MM Macro F 2.8 Lens at perhaps 1/4 life size.

This is a scanned image from a shot I took years ago on film. There is no meta data for film so I cannot precisely say anything other than it was taken at 100mm.

This is a fixed focal length macro lens. It’s an excellent lens for butterflies, small insects, and flowers. Continue reading “Mish’s Garden: Frost on Ornamental Kale”

Mish’s Garden: Purple Prairie Coneflowers – Working With Helicon Focus

Purple prairie coneflowers are very hardy and mostly deer resistant.

They put on a long show in July in my garden every year.

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For this set of images I used a my Canon 100MM Macro F 2.8 Lens at perhaps 1/4 life size. Meta data does not capture that information so I cannot say precisely.

This is a fixed focal length macro lens. It’s an excellent lens for butterflies and small insects.

 

Focus Stacking

All of these images are focus-stacked.

I took 12 shots in the composite above. Instead of blending manually, I used Helicon Focus to blend them.

For comparison purposes, here is one of the frames, un-stacked.

Single Image – Not Focus Stacked 

The above image was one of the many used in the preceding focus-stacked image. I blurred the background a bit in the final focus-stacked image to make the seed head stand out.

Depth of Field

Depth of field on close-up images is extremely shallow. The only way to get a completely sharp image is to focus stack.

Helicon Focus works best with stationary objects. Mountains don’t move but flowers do.

I took this set of images on a very calm day with little wind.

See image number 2 below of the Green Tree Frog for another example of focus stacking.

More Mish Garden Images

  1. Mish’s Garden Springtime: Bleeding Hearts, Tulips, Daffodils
  2. Mish’s Garden: Green Tree Frog on Bromeliad
  3. Mish’s Garden: Alliums and Iris Early Summer
  4. Mish’s Garden: Roses and Clematis Blooms
  5. Mish’s Garden: Columbines

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Mish’s Garden: Columbines

Columbines are one of my favorite flowers. Unfortunately, the new hybrids tend to revert colors or die out over time.

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Canon 100MM Macro F 2.8 Lens at perhaps 1/4 life size.

This is a fixed focal length macro lens. It’s an excellent lens for butterflies and small insects.

Columbines and White Oak Tree

Columbines and Japanese Forest Grass 

More Mish Garden Images

  1. Mish’s Garden Springtime: Bleeding Hearts, Tulips, Daffodils
  2. Mish’s Garden: Green Tree Frog on Bromeliad
  3. Mish’s Garden: Alliums and Iris Early Summer
  4. Mish’s Garden: Roses and Clematis Blooms

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