With my primary computer still dead I have limited access but I did manage to upload some photos I can now post. So for a couple of days I’ll do some flowers. I don’t do many flower pictures so I’m probably not that good at it but every now and then I see some I like. I know doing flowers right requires manual settings on the camera but these are all with automatic settings.
This one came out fairly good but isn’t a particularly great instance of this flower, which btw I have no idea what it is, but perhaps it’s Indian Paintbrush. Most of the time I go on camping trips it’s early spring (to avoid crowds + cooler) so often I get some great wildflower displays.
The best I ever saw was in Big Bend National Park. It was actually early spring and my trip there was accidental. I didn’t have a digital camera then and only had an analog camcorder, now dead after years of not using it, so I can’t even try to extract any of those. My preconception of the desert is that it’s dry and brown, but I was amazed at all the wildflowers. Often they were quite small and you have to look carefully to see them. The ranger I spoke to, who’d worked in Big Bend for decades, said it was an unusual year and the best display he’d ever seen.
But usually I go to mountains and see the typical flowers there (a few I can identify). Most are just some shade of blue/purple. I really find it interesting to see flowers right at the edge of melting snow, the plants are just barely up and yet they’re already flowering. Seasons are short in the mountains. When I first went to the Bighorns in early June the grass was very lush and green and flowers were sprinkled everywhere. My campground was deserted of people and so deer were peacefully grazing on the lush growth (I’m sorry I disturbed them).
In hindsight I wish I’d been more careful with my shots, especially using a tripod. Once when I was doing lots of film photography I got extension rings to do closeups. But the depth of field was really narrow and any breeze at all blurred the shots. I spent some time with another photographer with the right equipment. He had a sturdy tripod and a long lens (400mm+) and also extension rings for focus but he was shooting about 10′ away from the flowers. That setup gave him much better depth of field but also avoid the awkward postures I had to do being just inches from the flowers and then constantly fighting my own shadow. Having the right equipment doesn’t guarantee better shots but it can help a skilled photographer a lot.