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Merrill, Connie

During her career in the petrochemical industry, Connie developed a life-long love of photography, capturing the people, cultures and sights of Asia, Europe and U.S.A, destinations for her business travel. In the early 1990’s, she and her spouse, Jim, became avid scuba divers, encased their Nikon N90s and D70s in water-proof housings and embraced underwater photography wholeheartedly. Whether shooting graceful, flowing manta rays in deep blue waters or tropical fish schooling around vibrantly colored coral, Connie experimented and learned a great deal about exposure, focus and lighting in an aqueous medium. Macro shots of miniscule oceanic creatures, bringing forth intricate detail of life with all its textures, patterns and colors, fire her photographer’s passion still today.

Recently, Connie “graduated” from corporate America and moved to Sanctuary Ridge, a peaceful A-frame log house nestled in the cedars within view of Lake Whitney in central Texas. It is in this environment that another type of photography brings her new lessons and learnings everyday … shooting wildflowers. Getting closer and closer to her floral subjects, revealing textures, patterns and colors, reminds Connie of underwater macro-photography. Once again, she is witnessing life in its most detailed, intimate and amazing glory. Currently, the Nikon D300 and 60 mm and 18-135 mm zoom lenses are her prime tools for capturing wildflowers native to North America and around the world.

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Castilleja indivisaEntireleaf indian paintbrush
Texas paintbrush
Indian paintbrush
Scarlet paintbrush
Entire-leaf indian-paintbrush
Castilleja purpurea var. purpureaPurple paintbrush
Purple prairie painbrush
Prairie paintbrush
Downy Indian paintbrush
Castilleja purpurea var. purpureaPurple paintbrush
Purple prairie painbrush
Prairie paintbrush
Downy Indian paintbrush
Datura wrightiiSacred thorn-apple
Jimsonweed
Thorn apple
Datura
Angel Trumpet
Sacred datura
Iris missouriensisRocky Mountain iris
Western blue flag
Oenothera albicaulisWhitest evening-primrose
White-stem evening-primrose
Pale evening-primrose
Oenothera macrocarpaBigfruit evening-primrose
Missouri evening-primrose
Fluttermill
Big-fruit evening-primrose
Missouri Primrose
Phacelia crenulataCleft-leaf wild heliotrope
Notchleaf phacelia
Phacelia crenulataCleft-leaf wild heliotrope
Notchleaf phacelia
Wyethia x magnaHybrid Mule's-ears
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