White Rock native prairie: a springtime photo survey
It was a perfect morning for a walk through the prairie grasses, wildflowers and mixed hardwood forest of the White Rock native prairie here in East Dallas: overcast and cool, with a light breeze to add just the right amount of challenge to my handheld photography of standing flowers.
(If you ever need to call up a mighty wind, I’ve discovered the secret: compose and focus on a flower, and the wind will arise — it never fails.)
On the walk back towards “civilization” from the micro-forest path, I discovered a white flowering bush (which Anne thinks may be a non-native Asian import) that was liberally coated with butterflies – red admirals and question marks, mostly. Native or not, the suspect plant was supplying nectar in abundance to the native butterfly population.
I had the absolute wrong lens for these shy retiring subjects: a 28-75 close focusing zoom. Still, they seemed so intent on their sipping that I was able to sneak close enough to snap one or two usable shots.