Pasque Flower Bloom, Mount Galbraith Park, Jefferson County, Colorado
The second driest winter on record is turning into the driest spring anyone on the Front Range can remember. Wildflowers are wilting as soon as they bloom and last year’s tall grass is ready to burst into the next out of control wildfire emergency. But if we set aside negativity and look for what’s right, maybe even look closer than usual, we may find all sorts of beauty. I walked Mount Galbraith this morning, a foothills trail of average beauty by Colorado standards (yes, we’re spoiled) while looking for pasque flowers that were starting to bloom a little over a week ago. Today, this perrenial of the buttercup family were wilting and turning to seed, save for a few that still looked pretty with their pale purple, white, and gold stamens. I laid on my belly, sprawled out across the trail and forgot about everything while making a few macro shots. Macro is like that, any chance of success demands our full attention.
Pasque Flower Seed Plumes, Jefferson County, Colorado
Composition has to be just right with a clean background, and you have to find the point of focus that isn’t always obvious. You get to be a kid and crawl around in the dirt. After I made these images I saw so many little, tiny details in the landscape that I would have otherwise missed. And while celebrating the ordinary, I forgot to worry about the wildfires that haven’t even happened yet.