The Chocolate Flower (Berlandiera lyrata) is not my favorite Texas Wildflower but it is my favorite flower name. You might ask, “why is it named that?” Well, the Chocolate Flower actually smells like chocolate! On warm, sunny days, it will fill the air with fragrance. It does not taste like chocolate though… I tasted it and it was not a good experience.
I found this flower while walking around at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center this week. It was backlit by the sun which showcased its structure and brilliant colors. For those of you that don’t know, July 28th was Lady Bird Day at the Wildflower Center. Most of you probably know that Lady Bird was a champion for Texas Wildflowers and we owe a lot to her passion for this beautiful part of nature.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 6D Mark II using my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/5, shutter speed at 1/50th of a second and the ISO set at 100. I used a tripod for stability and my Kirk Focusing Rail to obtain 20 images which I brought together into one image using Photoshop and the focus stacking technique. I then finalized the image in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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