Evening at Harper's Lake #3

Pasque Flowers
Harper's Lake, Montana

One of my students mentioned that she found some purple flowers. From her description I guessed they were pasque flowers (also known as prairie crocus). I went in search of them myself and discovered this bunch growing up through the grass. There was a bit of a breeze (helpful in keeping the mosquitos and gnats away), so I needed to raise the ISO to 3200 in order to achieve a shutter speed of 1/6 second along with my f/16 aperture. I waited for a lull in the breeze and took a series of frames to choose the sharpest one later.

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