Thoughts of Spring!

Upon awakening this morning, I found a nice layer of fresh snow draped over my rural Missouri landscape (which I love, except for needing to put up a ladder and brush the snow off my satellite internet dish this morning, before completing this blog post!). I love winter and it’s wonderful photographic opportunities, but my thoughts also fast-forwarded to envisioning beautiful wildflowers emerging from a cold winter! With that thought in mind, I pulled up a few early spring wildflower images I captured this spring near my home:

Bluebell wildflowers in mid-bloom

Bluebell wildflowers in mid-bloom

Bluebell wildflowers in mid-bloom

These Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) are one of my favorite early spring wildflowers, growing in wooded areas near my home. In fact, when timed just right, the whole forest floor at this location looks blue! Quite a wonderful sight for a nature photographer. Once these guys emerge and begin blooming in the coming spring, I will be doing several “Watch and Learn” in-the-field workshops (I’ll be adding more information on my “Coming Events” website page soon!).

Also, I want to let those photographers in the Kansas City area that I will be teaching photography classes at the Cass Career Center in Harrisonville, Missouri, starting in January. One of these classes is a 1-night class titled “Flower Photography”, where I will share tips and how to’s for capturing wildflower images. For more information, check out class information at this link:  2015 Spring Photography Classes.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/3.5 and f/6.3
  • Shutter 1/250 sec. and 1/60 sec.



Posted in Macro Photography, Nature Photography, Photography Classes, Wildflowers
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