New Mexico Bird's-Foot Trefoil flowers, City of Rocks State Park, Faywood NM, April 1, 2015

New Mexico Bird's-Foot Trefoil

City of Rocks State Park, Faywood NM

April 1, 2015

A Fresh Patch of Trefoil

I was complaining Wednesday about the trefoil being past its prime and the weather being too windy to shoot flowers. The wind calmed a bit and I found some fresher patches of trefoil to shoot. All is well.

Photographing with the iPhone 6 Plus

The camera in my new Apple iPhone 6 Plus continues to impress me. It is much improved over the camera in my old iPhone 5 and is a great companion to my Canon DSLRs. It's small size lets me get a picture like this that I couldn't have gotten with a DSLR. In this shot the camera lens is less than an inch from the ground and a DSLR is just too big to get that close to the ground.

I use a telephoto zoom lens on my DSLR most of the time for birds and such and find it too long for some landscape shots I want to grab. I'm hoping this iPhone is will be easy way to have a wider lens available for those shots without having to change lenses in the field.

New Mexico Bird's-Foot Trefoil - Lotus Plebeius

The bright yellow flowers of lotus plebeius turn orange then red as they mature, in common with many other members of this genus. They grow in small numbers towards the top of the slightly short-hairy stems, which tend to be angled sideways, forming tangled clumps, together with the densely-growing compound leaves. Flowers have the familiar pea-shape, formed of five petals; the largest (the banner) is curved strongly backwards, and has a lengthwise groove down the center. The slender involucre terminates in five narrow sepals, ending in a curved point. Leaves also have a sparse hair covering, and slightly pointed tips.

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