Photographers, by nature, are peripatetic. Although the word is often used to describe teachers and professors walking back and forth, facing their students during class, the word is well-suited to photographers. We walk around a subject, in all directions, pointing our cameras toward the sky, toward the ground, looking over the subject, away from the subject, finding every possible angle by constantly moving our bodies into often contorted positions. Crude as it sounds, it is a little like a dog circling a fire hydrant.
I am almost always in peripatetic mode and most certainly was during this shoot of wildflowers. My process is not complete unless I circle subjects many times, frequently staying out long enough for the light to change which makes it necessary to do yet more shooting. Quite frankly, I am not always certain what I will be shooting during this exercise or exactly what the results will be, but it is always instructive.
The flowers were full of assorted pollinators. They were everywhere, temporarily exploding from the blossoms when I approached and then returning to their work, settling back onto the blooms, as shown on the Echinacea flower below.
I passed by this evening primrose a number of times because it was small enough that I feared I would not be able to do it photographic justice, but the stamen shadows finally forced me onto the ground to capture it.
My guess would be that many people consider the prairie coneflower a weed. It is quite prolific, but the velvety, deep red petals of this variety of Ratibida make it glow in the sun.
And just as the petals shine, the Ratibida seed pod and flower-in-waiting, make fascinating botanical studies for photographers.
Yours, peripatetic as ever,
until next Monday,
a passion for the [email protected]
Keywords: Blacks Crossing Photography, Daryl A. Black, New Mexico, Taos, flowers, nature, photography, prairie coneflower, primrose, ratibida, white evening primrose, wildflowers
Would like to see the photo of you contorting around the blooms!
Thanks for my favorite prairie coneflower.
There is something extraordinary about looking at the shadows on each of your pictures, Daryl! Thank you for yet another lovely collection. And, I have a new word that describes me in my classroom... peripatetic - and inspiration for looking at my "subjects" from a variety of angles!
Love the hummer and flower images. The hummers are just stunning!
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