You have probably seen some of my Texas Wildflower posts or my wildflower photography collection. I became interested in photographing Texas Wildflowers earlier this year when a friend of mine showed me some of his work. I immediately became fascinated by the combination of science and photography. It has been a very steep learning curve for me as I have no prior knowledge of wildflowers. So, I signed up for a membership at the LBJ Wildflower Center as a learning resource. In addition, I have another friend of mine who is a volunteer photographer at the center and I’m often inspired by his work and knowledge.
The LBJ Wildflower Center was founded by Lady Bird Johnson in 1982 to protect and preserve North America’s native plants and natural landscapes. The center is home to a wide variety of native plants. In addition, they maintain the Native Plant Information Network, a database of more than 7,200 native species which is available online.
I was visiting the center one day and taking photographs of some of the flowers when I noticed this White Garden Snail (Theba pisana). It was hanging around a stem and I was photographing it when it turned around and looked at me as to say “What gives!” I left it a lone after that.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III using my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/20, shutter speed at 1/200 with the ISO set at ISO 100. I used my Canon MT-24 Twin Flash to light the subject. I mounted my camera setup on a tripod for stability.
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