One of the main things I like about the Mexican Primrose Willow (Ludwigia octovalvis) flower is that it’s very symmetrical. It’s tough to see from this angle but the flower has four yellow petals and in between each yellow petal is a green sepal. In many cases, the petals are shaped like a heart. In spite of its common name, the Mexican Primrose Willow is native to the southern United States and grows mostly from Texas east to North Carolina. This plant propagates very quickly from either cuttings or seeds.
Traditionally, Mexican Primrose Willow has been used to treat skin diseases and digestive symptoms. In fact, a report published in 2012 by the World Applied Sciences Journal suggested the use of this plant as an antioxidant as well as a treatment for diseases caused by E. coli. So, another great plant with some medical benefits.
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 1/125th 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 8 photographs and brought them together into one image using Photoshop using the Focus Stacking technique. I finished the image in Lightroom and Nik Color Efex Pro.
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