little surprises

April 17, 2017  •  1 Comment

While California and Arizona are having epic wildflower blooms in all their eye-popping array of color, spring has a much slower reveal in the piñon/juniper forests of New Mexico.  Occasionally, there will be glimpses of color, but in many cases, I will only notice a bloom when it appears at my feet. Much too frequently, I have stepped on flowers while walking.  But at other times when my eyes are angled downward, I stumble onto stunning beauty. Most of these wildflowers grow close to the ground, clinging to the heat the earth provides in early spring.  Easter daisies are in abundance right now. Here are two closeups.  

Easter daisies 1Easter daisies 1  

Easter daisies 2Easter daisies 2

A friend of mine once laughed when I showed her a wild phlox.  Being from California, she is accustomed to the phlox that is a much larger and very showy plant with huge flowers.  These diminutive blooms, again, spread over the soil's surface.

Santa Fe phloxSanta Fe phlox

Many things that we call flowers are classified as weeds.  Such is the case of a member of the pea family - vetch.

purple vetchpurple vetch

I have to remind myself that as a photographer, while shooting outside rather than in a studio or isolated light situation, I need to look not only straight forward, but up and down as well.

until next Monday,


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Steve Immel(non-registered)
Indeed you do, Daryl. And behind you. That's the advice I got from a gallery owner who thought my photographs were well crafted but not special. I've tried to heed the advice with varied degrees of success and, yes, failure.

As always you've delivered the flowers. The Easter daisies pop right off the screen with the background in shadow.
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