I have been out hiking several times trying to find something to shoot. Below are some photos from a couple of different hikes out at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.
I mainly used a macro lens, as there were a lot of interesting looking flowers out, an Irix Dragonfly 150mm f/2.8 manual focus macro lens to be specific. Below is a photo of a sign for one of the trails that I like, though it would look much better in the morning sunlight.
This trail runs down by the creek, through the trees, and up the ridge. This was shot at 150mm because I didn’t feel like changing lenses so I had to stand really far back to get the picture.
I took a lot of photos of some purple-pink thistles, but this photo of an unopened bud was the one that I liked the best. With the extremely thin focus depth turning the background grass to a uniform green, the bud really stands out.
Near the stream, there were these little flowers on some vines. I have no idea what they are but they looked interesting. It was very hard focusing with the wind blowing, but I got a few shots.
And some firewheels, I think, in the last rays of the setting sun. This was not shot with a macro lens as I had switched to 24-120mm f/4 lens to try to get some wider shots.
Below is another case of I don’t know what it is but I like the way it looks.
And just after sunset. This is a merge of three bracket shots that I took hand held. I was trying to get some sky reflected in the creek.
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