When I’m out snapping pix of wildflowers, something besides the bees always bothers me:
Identifying what in the world I’m shooting.
Take the above two photos of the pinkish flowers. I think they’re penstemon . . . or are they foxglove? Or does it really matter what they are . . . as long as they’re in focus with nice bokeh?
Where I really get confused is with the sunflower family. I can spot a “true” sunflower (they’re usually pretty big).
But what about the ones that look like sunflowers but really aren’t? Are they black-eyed/brown-eyed Susans (no relation to me, of course)?
Why do some have a few petals while others have many? Some petals are wide, some are narrow . . . but all are yellow.
Some even feature red markings on the petals.
When I identify them in my photos, I call them “sunflowerish.” I guess it’s as good a term as any. I’ve tried Googling, but I don’t find concrete answers.
What I truly need is an NSI squad: Nature Scene Investigation. Forget all that CSI stuff . . . help me ID these wildflowers! STAT!
Wish all nature IDs could be this easy.