Prairie Coneflower by Larry Trupp

Location: Taken in the late evening back in early September, in Pembina Valley Provincial Park near Morden, Manitoba.

Camera Details: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, 55mm Lens, Aperture exp 8.0, Shutter speed 1/400, ISO 200

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Wildflowers of North America Group

Spotlight of the Week in the Wilflowers of North America on 21 November 2009

PRAIRIE CONEFLOWER, ratibida columnifera (Nutt.), of the Composite family

Flowers – yellow with three to seven rays, 15-45 mm (5/8 to 1 3/4 inch) long, relatively very broad, bent down, around a dark cone around a dark column shaped disk, 15-40 mm (5/8 to 1 5/8 inch) long and about 1/4 to 1/2 inch as wide. Heads several on long stalks. Flowering time: June – August.

Fruits – grayish black, flattened achene 2 mm (1/16 inch) long, with pappus reduced to a few scales and one to two small teeth

Leaves; pinnating divided, alternate, grey green and somewhat hairy, 5-10 cm (2 to 4 inches long. basal leaves are not divided.

Growing pattern – perennial with tap root and short, persistent stem base. Stems: usually several, branching from the base, with flat, stiff, short hairs. Plant height: 30-120 cm (12 to 48 inches) tall.

Growth environment – roadsides, ditches, railway grades, plains, prairies and disturbed ground.

Information obtained from the book Wild Flowers of Manitoba, by Ben W. Holyk

A self taught amateur photographer who resides in beautiful Winnipeg, Manitoba, which is a prairie city in the center of Canada. My dear wife Marg and I have been married for 52 years, and we have 2 married daughters and 3 grandchildren to share our busy lives.I love to read, practice photography, spend time with my family, play around on the computer, and volunteer a lot of my time at our local Nature Center, where I serve as an interpreter for kids programs.

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  • PapasGirl
    PapasGirlover 5 years ago

    those colours just are so alive..wonderful shot here

  • Thanks ever so much
    I appreciate your comments here

    – Larry Trupp

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot Larry. Love the blurred background. Well done.

  • Hi Teresa
    I appreciate your kind comments
    Hope each day is better for you now, with at least some improvement, as we often think of how you are doing!!!

    – Larry Trupp

  • gdanen
    gdanenover 5 years ago

    Are there still flowers, Larry, or is this an old photo? Love this shot!

  • Hi Gerry
    No this was taken early in September, and they are for real
    Appreciate your kind remarks very much.

    – Larry Trupp

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous Larry! They are a tad different than the coneflowers we see around here in Quebec and Ontario! Your shot is excellent, with great bokeh behind it!

  • Hi Joanne
    I appreciate your kind remarks here, glad you liked them

    – Larry Trupp

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 5 years ago

    A lovely capture of this bloom Larry. The colors are just gorgeous, :>)) Leslie

  • Hi Leslie
    I appreciate your kind remarks here, thank ever so much, hope all is well with you folks these days, as come closer to winter season.

    – Larry Trupp

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 5 years ago

    I love the yellow and dark greens in this shot Larry, very well taken. Great write up

  • Hi Vickie
    I appreciate your kind remarks, and continued support, thanks ever so much

    – Larry Trupp

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 5 years ago

    Great colours and bokeh Larry.

  • Thanks Al
    Much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 5 years ago

    Awesome capture Larry, and an instant FAV for me. I really love the way you’ve controlled the DOF and the light in this capture. Terrific old friend. Don.

  • Hi Don
    Thanks for the fave, and your kind remarks, greatly appreciated my friend

    – Larry Trupp

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosover 5 years ago

    Excellent shot !!

  • Thanks carlos
    I appreciate your comments

    – Larry Trupp

  • worldtripper
    worldtripperover 5 years ago

    Lovely how these beauty dance in the light! Cheers. Marita

  • Thanks Marita
    Your comments are always most kind

    – Larry Trupp

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