Colorado Fireweed

I’m currently 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

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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