Tuesday, January 26, 2010

More Late Spring 2009 Images

I am slowly posting images from last year. Except for the Nightshade image, these images were taken on June 6, 2009 on the Blue Ridge Parkway north of the Rt.460 entrance to the Parkway. Several of these images were wildflowers growing in the dry, rocky cliffs that are beside the parkway in this area.

This wildflower is Horse Nettle (Solanum carolinense), a member of the Nightshade family.

This wildflower is Eastern Gray Beardtongue (Penstemon canescens)

This wildflower is Flowering Spurge (Eurphorbia corallata). Thanks to Bob Zuberbuhler for the identification.

This wildflower is Rough Fruited Cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

Another image of Eastern Gray Beardtongue (Penstemon canescens)

This wildflower is Bowman's Root (Porteranthus trifoliatis)

This wildflower is a wild Phlox, but the exact species is not known. Thanks to Bob Zuberbuhler for the identification.

This wildflower is a Common Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

This wildflower is Yellow Hawkweed, (Hieracium pratense)

Another image of Rough Fruited Cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

More Images from Late Spring 2009

These images were taken on June 3, 2009. I cannot remember what had delayed my posting of these images, but I often shoot many more images than I have time to go through. I do remember that I shot these in the early afternoon because a pretty nasty storm came through later in the afternoon. I hope you like these images.

These wildflowers are Sundrops, (Oenothera fruticosa). Very bright yellow.

These are also Sundrops, (Oenothera fruticosa), but I wanted folks to see how difficult it is sometimes to glean which leaves belong to the wildflower you are trying to identify.

These wildflowers are Small Flowered Phacelia (Phacelia dubia). The colors are subtle, yet intense.

This wildflower has been identified as Yellow Sweet Clover (Melolitus officinalis). Thanks To MW Kluge and Bob Zuberbuhler for the identification.

This wildflower is a Golden Star, (Chrysogonum virginianum). The leaf in the upper left of the image is from an unrelated plant next to the Golden Star. I just couldn't resist the composition..

Some images for the winter blahs

I have some images to post. These were taken on the side of Williamson Road in Roanoke. I certainly could not pass up this many wildflowers. These images were taken on May 30, 2009.

These wildflowers are Lance Leaved Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata).

Thursday, January 21, 2010

More Wildfower Images and some insight

Here we are in the middle of winter. I still have hundreds of images that I have not posted from last year. It is a bit overwhelming, but I am sure I can get through it if I could just focus. (No pun intended)
I have noticed that my shooting styles change a bit from day to day, so that might be mood related, but I don't know. Sometimes I image wildflowers with a bit of the background evident and in focus, or slightly out of focus to highlight the primary in the image, the flower. But sometimes I seem to avoid any background at all and expose strictly at the flower bloom, maximizing detail there, and nowhere else. Here are some examples of this bold imaging, which were shot on the same day back in May 2009.

This wildflower is a Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum). This is a flower that always draws my attention.

I am relatively sure that this wildflower is a member of the Ranunculaceae, or Buttercup family. However, without leaves in the image, it is hard to tell which one it is.

Another image of a member of the Buttercup family, but earlier in its bloom cycle.