minor obsession

June 15, 2019  •  5 Comments

When nature provides ample moisture in the western United States and the Rocky Mountain region, I admit I become obsessed with photographing flowers. The paintbrush continue to amaze me.  Thus, you are being subjected to yet another paintbrush-studded blog.  My apologies, but it can't be helped!  The good thing about indulging in this photographic obsession is that I make myself move in different ways, trying to capture varying angles, and shooting at different times of day.  I headed out for this shoot around 8:30 in the morning, utilizing the lower light, and the backlight to emphasize color and shadow. On my side and on my rear, standing and squatting, my mission was to achieve shots that are at least somewhat out of the ordinary. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But here are six more of the hundreds I have taken of paintbrush this season.


Sagebrush makes a beautiful backdrop - in both color and texture - for the flowers that grow in between the sage leaves. 

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The paintbrush flowers in the image below look fairly typical but the windswept look of the sage skeleton behind the blooms adds interest.

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In this shot, my intention was to give the flower and buds some "breathing room" or depth.

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Here are two slightly closer shots, using the cracked earth as the backdrop.

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A single "prairie fire" flame of the Castilleja on the mesa

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Thanks to Sam, TTT, Ingrid, Barbara, Dianne, Ellen, Christina, Steve, Catherine, Lawrence, Heather, Elida, Bill, and Carolyn for your kind comments!

until next Monday,


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Wayne Gesterfield(non-registered)
Oh so nice.
As you know Paintbrush is one of my favorites.
That orangie red is my favorite color also.
i too like the cracked earth backdrop!
Steve Immel(non-registered)
As obsessions go yours isn't too alarming. At least you're not hiding it and we are the beneficiaries of your efforts. I'm particularly impressed with the cracked earth as a background for the paintbrush. The raw brown dirt contrasts beautifully with the delicateness of the blooms. Keep 'em coming.
Heather Herd(non-registered)
They are riveting aren't they? Thanks for these pics, Daryl!
No apologies necessary, I also obsessively photograph wildflowers, and paintbrush is around here too, but rare enough to cause great excitement! These are beautiful pictures, as usual.
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