Mar. 8, 2018

clasping milkweed, Asclepias amplexifolius

Creating an image of clasping milkweed was a puzzle. The individual flowers have the usual fascinating milkweed structure. But these little blooms are so far apart. An image of the whole flower head becomes just a bunch of little bits at the ends of rays. Close ups of the flowers aren't bad, but miss the radiating effect of the flower head. Having so much of the subject so close to the edge of the image, as here, is not a composition choice one usually considers. And there isn't a lot of eye-catching color to work with. In this choice, we see the flower structure, and the exploding effect of the flower head, so maybe having so much at the edge works? Clasping milkweed grows in dry, often sandy sites in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH(T), NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI(S), SC, TN, TX, VA, VT(T), WI, and WV. Oak Openings Metropark, Lucas Co OH, 6/6/16.