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the various and sundry creations of sylvus tarn
Veronica peduncularis
tiny, blue, purple-striped...

These tiny flowers, Veronica peducularis would be perfect for sunny lawns, which is in fact where I discovered them, on a mowed slope of a nearby drainage ditch behind a little shopping plaza. Amongst the feathers of some avian victim were these tiny little flowers, which I returned to photograph and sketch, the former more successfully than the latter.

f1.7 1/100sec, one-plus 5T phone with a clip on macro lens[1]

While I was trying to figure out what they were (which proved to be much easier than I thought) I read that the plant typically gets to be 6–8" high. However, it does perfectly well mowed nearly to the ground, too:)

cell phone w attachment f1.7, 1/167sec

Now here's the same subject shot with my DSLR[2] It's a more informative photograph, and certainly has a greater depth of field and more sharpness. Probably truer colour as well. Nevertheless, from a purely photographic point of view, I prefer my cell phone effort, taken with a 30USD clip on lens:)

50 mm zuiko macro lens, E620, f5.6, 1/125sec, exp bias 0, 26mar2020.

Sketching these flowers and their leaves was challenging for me. Though the plant adapted just fine to being mowed within an inch of its life, this meant all of its leaves tended to be crammed right at the tip of the stem, making it difficult, even with my special close-up glasses[3] to parse how the leaves were arranged. Eventually, after staring at it for awhile in frustration, I eventually figured out that the leaves were arranged more-or-less radially, like the petals on a rose (or peony) a situation which I've wrestled with numerous times over the years.

leatherbound sketchbook...

But nothing I could do could properly capture the flowers, and I gave up trying to paint even a sketch before I got to the reproductive organs. Nevertheless, I thought these would make a nice mucha-esque type border, because they're basically circular, and thus would fill the space.

[1]I can't find the exact kind but there's now a ton of ’em out there; unfortunately the best ones—also like mine, which was a cheapie—are designed to work with a phone out of its case. Not happening, though my current phone at least is not in a heavy duty otterbox this time around, as they weren't available for this model.

[2]Remember to remove stray clutter in front of your subject:)

[3]Once upon a time, I could see this stuff with the unaided eye—alas, no longer...