It is Texas Bluebonnet Time in Central Texas and especially out at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. I was impressed by the quantity and quality of the bluebonnets at the Center this year. I found this decent specimen tall enough to allow for a nice background.
Texas bluebonnets are annual plants, meaning they go from seed to flower to seed in one year. They germinate in the fall and grow throughout the winter, and usually bloom around the end of March to the mid-May. Around mid-May, they form a seedpod, which is green at first but turns yellow and then brown. If you want to grow these in your yard you need to plan the seeds in the fall, not the spring.
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/5.6, 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 7 images which I brought together into one image using Photoshop and the focus stacking technique. I then finalized the image in Photoshop.
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