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My trips to the Big Bend National Park are always filled with exciting moments. I’ve mentioned previously that I really never intended to get into wildflower photography, however, that changed when I realized that I was missing a wonderful part of nature.  So, I brought my wildflower photography gear to my recent trip to the park and captured a few new species. The flower below, Havard’s fiddleleaf (Nama havardii), was one of the flowers that were new to my collection. It also happens to be a rare plant.

This plant is found only in Texas and only in four of its counties (Presidio, Brewster, Terrell, Val Verde).  Big Bend is the main location for this plant. The plant grows mostly along washes and gullies. I really like the features of this plant beginning with its pink/purple coloring, the thin, dark veins that are found inside the corolla tube and the five yellow-tipped stamens that are embedded within the tube itself. All-in-all a very attractive flower.


Havard’s fiddleleaf – Big Bend NP

This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III using my Canon MP-E65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Lens. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/16, shutter speed at 1/160 and the ISO set at 100. I used my Canon MT-24 Twin Lite Flash to light the subject and used a tripod for stability. This is a single image processed in Lightroom.

This image is best when viewed as large. Click on the image to enlarge it. Also, you can access the portfolio for this flower and see more images by clicking Havard’s fiddleleaf. Please use the section below to post your comments, questions or suggestions.

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