timing is everything

June 04, 2017  •  6 Comments

On our planet, terrestrials - animals and plants alike - are controlled by the passing of time.  Day into night, night into day, days into weeks, months, and years. Whether or not a creature or plant measures it in the same way humans do, everything is governed by it.  The leader of a photographic workshop I took at Point Reyes, California years ago, said that "Light is everything."  I have pondered and followed that as a photographer ever since.  But time and timing are also crucial in photography and life, even in photographing things or objects that do not move.  Case in point, wildflowers, such paintbrush.  

Our final snow of substance this spring was on the 19th of May.  Melted, it translated into 1/3 of an inch of moisture, which was a perfect addition for the flowering mesa plants.  The Santa Fe phlox had already had a banner year, and some are still in bloom.  But the extra boost from nature has enabled the paintbrush (Castilleja integra) to thrive and make a huge splash among the grass and sagebrush, not to mention the white of snow.

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The wonderful thing about late spring snow is that it melts and sinks into the soil quickly, because the ground is no longer frozen.  After the late snow this spring, the paintbrush really swung into action.  So did I.  

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I suspect there are several more paintbrush shoots in my future, not only on the mesa, but in the mountains.  Flowers are just starting to bloom now at the higher elevations.  While I await the effect of time on the mountain flowers, I will continue to search nature in all its messy and wonderful glory.

until next Monday,


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Dianne James(non-registered)
You captured the Indian Paintbrushes' moment in time beautifully. I can envision the ones in snow on a very large canvas on a big white wall. Gorgeous. I love to grow flowers, but I have found the wildflowers the most difficult to grow from seed, especially the prairie zinnia which is a perennial. I haven't yet tried Indian Paintbrush. They are most glorious in their natural habit, I believe. They emerge from their white blanket and announce, "It's all good."

Your description of place and the flowers is wonderful. I look forward to Mondays, now that I've discovered your blog. :)
Lawrence T. Jones(non-registered)
Lovely work Daryl, and looking forward to seeing more of your images of mountain flowers!
Steve Immel(non-registered)
Such luscious colors from Mother Nature's paintbox. The two images of the flowers in the snow are a fitting tribute to the change of seasons.
Wayne Gesterfield(non-registered)
I love Indian Paintbrush. One of my favorite wildflowers.
I started taking pictures of them on vacation in the 1950's when my folks would drive thru the Colorado Rockies.

Your shots are very nice. You just can't beat that color red/orange.
I wonder if there is a paint color called Indian Paintbrush. A wall that color would be nice, and quite bright and cheery.

Our Scottsdale pool hit 84 º yesterday.
Summer is here. The air in the shade was 107º
Your first snow shot is an absolutely gorgeous example of fine fabric patterning; simplicity, energy, color, line and intrigue. You captured nature's perfect moment -and without direct light. In this case it is the absence of light that let's us get lost in the simple abstract of shapes and colors.
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