May 13 – May 24, 2020.
Wildflowers are becoming the bane of my existence. Perhaps you think this is a surprising thing for me to say. But there are new ones everywhere we go. Some days I spot most of the flowers but on other days, Greg has the eagle eye. And I feel compelled to photograph them all.
With this post, we have documented 140 wildflowers and blooms on bushes, trees, and cactus so far. You’d think photographing wildflowers would be so much easier than photographing birds. Birds are constantly flitting around. Flowers tend to stay in one place – that is, when the wind isn’t blowing. We see so many new flowers that sometimes it seems like I am bending over every five minutes to capture their image. Sometimes I have to crouch down in an unsteady position to get the best angle on a specimen. But sometimes I just give up and plant my rear in the dusty dirt. If the light isn’t right I try to position my body in such a way that I throw a shadow on the bloom while further contorting myself so I can get the perfect arrangement of leaves and blooms from the best angle. Sometimes I spot a flower down a ravine or up a hill. I almost always go after it because I never know if I’ll spot the same flower again. But of course, once I get back on the trail I see an even better specimen right next to the path. But not always. Sometimes I only see one specimen, never to see another example again. And after I have hopefully gotten the perfect shot with the perfect light and perfect composition and I finally stand back up, I find myself taking a big breath, realizing I had been holding it the whole time while trying to keep the camera steady.
And sometimes I think about just walking on by, not looking, not bending down, not taking a picture of the next flower we have never seen before. But that never happens. They are too pretty, too unique, too interesting, and you love them, right?
I imagine my wildflower quest will eventually end with hot weather. But here it is in June and I’m still seeing new ones – every – single – day.
* All these pics of blooms were taken in the Coconino National Forest surrounding the city of Sedona, AZ.
** And, of course, they are all click to enlarge.
*** See the first post in this series, Just Wildflowers here.
Do you have a favorite bloom or wildflower name in this bunch? Mine are, flower: Showy Milkwort and name: Bastard Toadflax!