I wandered around at Balcones Canyonlands NWR with my manual macro lens. It is a rather heavy lens, but it has a very wide aperture, 150mm focal length, and it is a macro so it has a short focus distance for close ups. I was planning on their being a lot of wildflowers along the main hiking trail and I was planning on their being very cooperative butterflies there as well. The wildflowers were there anyway and there was plenty of late afternoon sun so I work around the wildflowers which I think are called gayfeather.
My main challenge with these photos was the background. I was trying in the above photo to put some of the same shapes blurred into the background. The close up is just blurred green and you can see how narrow the focus depth is.
I then hiked around and took a photo from the top of the ridge that I think turned out well. With the long focal length, the distant objects are kind of compressed together and the hiking trail and parking lot are in the same photo. It is actually quite farther to the parking lot than it looks. You can see that there is only one car in the parking lot and thankfully it is mine.
I took the flower photos along the trail near the bottom of the photo. The sunlight and shadows at this time really give this photo some depth, I think, and there is also a bit of late afternoon haze that adds to the feel of the photo. Thanks for reading.