06.23.2022 Daisy Fleabane

This has been a great year for Daisy or Annual Fleabane-Erigeron annuus and especially here in the yard.  Everywhere locally really.  It attracts a fair number of insects besides those wonderful hover flies.

We had rain most of the day yesterday and I decided to go out with the 7D Mark II and flash to see what I could find.  Most of the insects were hiding from the rain but the flowers were enjoying the refreshment. This one in particular caught my attention.

I don’t often shoot flowers with flash because I prefer a more natural background although with a blur but there was a little breeze yesterday afternoon and I was hoping to catch some insect action which the flash is good for. I am pleased with how this turned out even with the black background.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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16 Responses to 06.23.2022 Daisy Fleabane

  1. Beautiful. I actually like the black background on this.

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    • Thanks, David. Although it was naturally black in a way caused by the flash, I’d prefer more dark green to give an even more natural feel. That said, I’ve no complaint really. The flower looks great.


  2. The flash made for a nice look, just sayin.

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  3. You mentioned something called “rain.” It’s getting to the point down here where we hardly remember what that word means. I’m with you in finding Erigeron species photogenic. The most common one here is modestly classified as modestus.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    One of my favorite wildflowers… great in arrangements, too. 🙂


  5. shoreacres says:

    I was especially taken with the way one drop is serving as a magnifying glass — really cool!

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  6. naturebackin says:

    I have really enjoyed catching up and seeing your glorious photos and interesting information too – both about the subjects themselves and the photography/camera. Thanks!

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  7. Todd Henson says:

    I would be very pleased with how this turned out, as well. I don’t yet own a flash so that’s a technique I’ve yet to learn. You’ve used it well to let us really focus in on the flower and all the buds.

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    • Thanks, Todd. I don’t usually flash flowers, just insects when in the yard hand held. But this did appeal and worked out well. I much prefer natural light even when it’s a challenge. Chasing insects with a tripod is tough though so I handhold for them when in the yard but not when out shooting in the fields and meadows..


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