I posted a single Seashore Mallow the other day that was taken during a trip to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center earlier this month. I went back to the Center a few days later and returned to the same spot where I found these twin Seashore Mallows growing right next to each other. This view offers a bit more detail than the other photo.
In general, the Seashore Mallow prefers a boggy environment, sandy, acid soil, and full sun. It is flexible about its growing conditions and will perform well in a wide variety of garden soils and pH levels outside of its marshy home. The 2-inch pink hibiscus-like flowers bloom all summer and fall and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The flowers are short lived, lasting just a single day, but are produced in copious numbers so that the plant always has plenty of color.
This image was taken with my Sony A7R II Digital Camera using my Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro Lens. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/8, shutter speed at 1/30th of a second and the ISO set at 400. I used only natural light to light the subject. I used the Kirk FR-2 Focusing Rail to capture 10 photographs and brought them together into one image using Photoshop and the Focus Stacking technique. I finished the image in Lightroom and Nik Color Efex Pro.
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