This redundant image is just the beginning of what will be a long (interminable?) discussion of wildflower photography on this blog page. That's right, all those F-stops and ISO settings that make the subject a little opaque for some. But not just that. A lot will have to do with why, rather than how. Why show this beardtongue from this angle? We could look at the front and see more of the bearded pistil that gives it its name. Instead we see the glandular hairs and a little of the long sepals that help set it apart from other Penstemon. If that's the right choice, this is the most interesting look at smooth penstemon. And smooth? You've just got to show those sticky hairs is someone had to go and call this smooth!