At this meadow, the Black-eyed Susan are starting to fade, and there’s an abundance of blue and white vervain:

There were dozens of honeybees and bumblebees busy at the vervain. White vervain is  a new flower for me, I have to go back to photograph them again.

8 thoughts on “Vervain

    • It took a little time to find the right vervain bunch and the right camera position for the Rudbeckia. I tried using vervain as an OOF foreground as well, but I didn’t like the result.
      Most of the bees we quite fast, but the bee in the image moved around deliberately – a cooperative subject.

      • You found the right bunch of vervain, all right. With and without the Rudbeckia it served you well.

        I generally avoid out-of-focus objects in the foreground, as they often seem to me to distract from the in-focus subject.

      • If it is sufficiently OOF, it works well. The classic is the “pea soup” of OOF (out of focus) foliage, useful for simplifying a foreground. OOF colors can accent the foreground, but it’s hard to get the foreground object at the right distance relative to the subject. The bottom of the stem in this orchid (grass pink) is obscured by foliage.

  1. Now I have two more vervains to get familiar with. The possibility of white vervain never had occurred to me, since the plant is firmly associated with lavender or purple in my mind. I do like the Rudbeckia ‘sunrise,’ but I think the one with the bee is my favorite.

    The conversation around blurred foregrounds is interesting. I ended up with that effect a couple of times when it really worked, but those were accidental shots.The best part was that they showed me it could be done, and done effectively, but it’s not an approach I intentionally try.

    Somewhere in my files I have photos of fasciated vervain. I thought I’d posted them, but apparently not; I can’t find them on my blog. I need to find them and see if they’re worth posting. They were interesting plants.

    • I enjoyed seeing the vervain in your “Big Tree” post. Blue vervain is a flower I’ve know for some time, but white vervain is new to me. White vervain has a very different look, a much taller plant with a halo of strands at the top, each each just a flower or two. Both are on the edge of a wetland, with cattails growing nearby.

      I’ve done green blurred foregrounds to cover up the cut stem at the bottom edge of the frame. It gives a sort of grounding for images that don’t show the full height of the plant.

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