After about tens days of abnormal rain and cold I took a drive up into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to see if maybe we got a second bloom of wildflowers and to test my new camera. What I discovered was that the hills have already turned golden brown and only one wildflower was to be found. When I first spotted this flower I thought it was a yellow Columbine, but I inherently know the yellow Columbine is a hybrid of the traditional blue and white Columbine (Colorado's state flower.) I was out after 0900 hrs and the light was very harsh and I tried a couple of frames and felt the exposure needed some help so I got my big diffuser ( 1m in diameter) to throw some shade on the plant, even the exposure, and knock down the highlights.
The CI is an image looking up the ravine where I captured the main image. Behind the POV is the Kings River and it is running very high and fast with all of the rain and the snow melt in the High Sierra.
A beautiful portrait of this flower - which also could be shown in a filed guide. Because of the excellent quality of the photo the visible details are stunning and the flower stands wonderfully out in front of the blurred background. I like this one very much!
Greetings from springlike Germany! Have a nice week!
A lovely find, yes, to my surprise as well that with relatively consistent rain, our hills turned brown still, except in the higher ground, we still see some snow. I did spot some mustard greens with new blooms in some area. Not much, but some. We were on Joshua tree no today, and there were many cactus flowers and some others at the end of their bloom, I guess on a normal year. Ut would have already been over, but this years the just lasted much longer.
Beautiful star you found here. Nice close up with supper bright yellow. The golden brown hill is very typical of our desert landscape.
I've never seen this beauty before. Your diffuser was very effective in managing the light. The details are superb and there is no hint of OE in the image. I also like the the interesting detail of the ravine. we're getting a lot of rain around here as as well.. At least it's no longer freezing at night. HLJ x4,Pat