Daisy

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Quite a few Daisies (Oxeye Daisy, I believe) were found around Crystal Lake:

Daisy wildflower

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/200 sec.

 

 

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Colorado Fireweed

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During my second visit to Crystal Lake (Colorado), I found a single Fireweed (Chamerion danielsii) growing. Here are a couple of images I captured from this lone plant:

Fireweed wildflower

Fireweed wildflower buds

This beautiful wildflower blooms from the bottom, up. And only a few reddish-purple flowers bloom at a time. The common name of Fireweed is derived from it’s ability to rapidly colonize recently-burned areas after a forest fire … not from it’s reddish color.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/200 sec (top photo). and 1/160 sec. (bottom photo)

 

 

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Showy Daisy

After today’s post, I’ll be without internet for a few days as I embark on a short photo project. In the meantime, I have scheduled new posts to publish every morning during my short absence. So be sure to check the new posts on my blog at this link: Show-Me Nature Photography blog

In two visits to Crystal Lake (Colorado), I found many wildflower species. One of the prevalent wildflowers was the Showy Daisy (Erigeron speciosus), at least this is what my Colorado wildflower ID book suggests. Regardless, it is quite a showy wildflower, with big, beautiful flowers and growing in nice clusters:

Showy Daisy wildflower

Showy Daisy wildflower

Coming up, more wildflowers from Crystal Lake.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/160 sec.

 

 

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Crystal Lake (Colorado)

Today’s post is the first from the second part of my recent road trip. After photographing in Glacier NP for a week, I drove to southwest Colorado (Ouray was my home base for the week) for some early mountain wildflower photography. I was part of a photography group from the Rocky Mountain School of Photography and we had a very well organized agenda. We had multiple jeep rides into the old mountain and mining trails that are located in the Ouray-Silverton area. As Mother Nature was on our side, we had wonderful wildflower exhibits everywhere we traveled! In fact, I think I saw more wildflowers in that week than I have my entire lifetime!

This post was from our first morning out. Not far from Ouray is Crystal Lake, a beautiful lake that presents wonderful reflections of the Red Mountains. In addition to these great reflections, many wildflowers were just beginning to bloom. Here are a couple of landscapes I captured at Crystal Lake:

The Red Mountains of Colorado

Crystal Lake, Colorado

I think you’ll agree that Crystal Lake is a beautiful place to spend some time!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF28mm-135mm, f/3.5-f/x IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 Tripod, with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/8 sec. (top photo) and 1/40 sec. (bottom photo)

 

 

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Bear Grass

On my first entry into Glacier NP, I thought I would not see Bear Grass (Xerophyllum tenax) wildflowers growing. The late snowstorm had made pretty much everything in the park late, and there was very little Bear Grass growing on the first day … and the few plants seen were not really accessible for photography. But by the end of the trip, a week later, Bear Grass was beginning to show up in good numbers, at numerous locations in the park. Here are a few of my favorite images of Bear Grass that I captured near the end of the visit:

Bear Grass wildflower

Bear Grass wildflower

Bear Grass wildflower

Bear Grass, contrary to what it’s name might imply, has nothing to do with bears. In fact, most all references I have read indicate that bears have no interest at all in this neat wildflower. Bear Grass is a grasslike perennial in the family Melanthiaceae, closely related to lilies. It is known by a few other common names, including squaw grass, soap grass, quip-quip, and Indian basket grass. This species was long used by Native Americans who wove it into baskets. Its fibrous leaves, which turn from green to white as they dry, are tough, durable, and easily dyed and manipulated into tight waterproof weaves.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF28-135mm, f/3.5-5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/8 and f/22
  • Shutter 1/60 sec. to 1/1000 sec.

 

 

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Fun Friday: Talk About a Burrow!

While photographing Mountain Goats in the rocky landscape of Glacier NP, an amusing Hoary Marmot (Marmota caligata) ran about the snow slope and ended up at his “burrow”, which was actually a hole he had dug into the deep snow, just to get to his burrow! Glacier NP received a heavy snowstorm in late June, as the park employees were busy clearing the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This late snow caused several avalanches and rock slides, resulting in a late opening of the road. It apparently also required this little marmot to do some additional “landscaping” around his burrow! Here are some images of the marmot and his “hole in the snow”:

Hoary Marmot in the snow

Hoary Marmot running in snow

Hoary Marmot at the snow entrance to his burrow

Hoary Marmot at the snow entrance to his burrow

I don’t know how deep his snowy entrance is, but from the looks of the images, at least 3 feet!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body (first 3 images) and Canon 5D Mark 3 (last image)
  • Canon EF100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250 (top 3 images) and ISO 1250 (last image)
  • Aperture f/5.6 to f/8
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec. to 1/3200 sec.

 

 

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Wild Geranium

Again this trip, I found many Wild Geraniums (Geranium caespitosum) growing around the meadows and edges of woodlands in Glacier NP (Montana). These plants grow from 1 to 2 feet high and produce brilliantly colored flowers that range from 3/4-inch to 1-inch in diameter.

Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Gitzo #1228-LVL carbon-fiber tripod, with Kirk Ent. HD ballhead
  • ISO 100 and ISO 200
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec. to 1/3200 sec.

 

 

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White-crowned Sparrow

While photographing Columbian Ground Squirrels, several White-crowned Sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) would frequently fly into the Glacier Lilies and search out seeds and insects:

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon
  • Canon EF100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6, IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250 (top photo) and ISO 500 (bottom photo)
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/400 sec. and 1/800 sec.

 

 

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Early Morning Beauty

An early morning drive on the Going-to-the-Sun Road (Glacier NP, Montana) can be a rewarding experience:

Going-to-the-Sun Road landscape

As we rounded a sharp corner, the light was just beginning to hit the top of a mountain, across the valley. Clouds were really pouring in … and gaining altitude with every turn of the car wheel, we were soon driving in one of the heaviest cloud covers I’ve ever seen! Actually, quite “white knuckling” at such altitude, and with such steep dropoffs along the road!  Along a stretch of road, one could only see the lines painted on the roads, for about 15 feet! But when you could see, it was a gorgeous sight!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF28-135mm, f/3.5-5.6, IS lens, shot at 120mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/60 sec.

 

 

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Beaver Pond Trail

While in Glacier NP, one morning I decided to hike the Beaver Pond trail, near St. Mary Lake. The day before, I had talked to one of the Park Rangers about wildflower locations and he recommend that I hike the Beaver Pond trail, as he had recently hiked it and found lots of wildflowers in bloom on the several meadows that this trail traverses. I was not disappointed! Here is one of my favorite images from the largest meadow:

Wildflower Meadow

And a closeup of the many different wildflower species:

Wildflower Meadow

What a lovely hike … and in the background (of the first image) is one of the mountain peaks that sit behind St. Mary Lake.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF28-135mm, f/3.5-5.6, IS lens, shot at 135mm (top image) and 50mm (bottom image)
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800 (high ISO used since I had no tripod with me on the hike)
  • Aperture f/22
  • Shutter 1/200 sec. (top image) and 1/25 sec. (bottom image)

 

 

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