Wishful Thinking

Been busy doing some detailed research for an upcoming photo trip to beautiful Glacier National Park (Montana). There will be numerous photo ops … beautiful sunrises and sunsets, breathtaking scenery, mountain wildflowers and clear lakes, abundant wildlife (mountain goats, bighorn sheep, marmots, pika, Colombia ground squirrels, and possibly a brown bear or two), and (with a little luck) nice, clear, dark skies filled with stars at night! Gee, I need to go back and reschedule my time so I can find some “sleep time”!  :o)

As I continue planning and preparing for this visit, I’m reminded of some mountain wildflowers I captured a few years ago in the mountains of southeast Colorado. I don’t think I’ll find any of these beauties in Glacier, but I’m sure there will be plenty of other welcome finds!

Here are a few macro images of Corn Lilies, or False Hellebore (Veratrum californicum) from the mountainsides near Ouray, Colorado:

Corn Lily wildflower

A closeup shows the Crane Fly that is perched on one of the Corn Lilies:

Crane Fly on Corn Lily wildflower

This next image is one of my favorites. So simple, yet so powerful!

Corn Lily wildflower

What surprises will the Glacier NP trip yield? I’ll be at Mother Nature’s mercy … and I’m sure she will have something special planned for me … Life is Good! Meanwhile, back to more planning!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3021 tripod with Graff Studioball ballhead
  • ISO 400 (top photo), ISO 800 (middle photo), ISO 100 (bottom photo)
  • Aperture f/5.6 (top and bottom photos) and f/8 (middle photo)
  • Shutter 1/320 sec. (top photo), Shutter 1/100 (middle photo), Shutter 1/10 sec. (bottom photo)



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