22 April 2012
Make Hay While The Sun Doesn't Shine
Happy Earth Day everyone! As I mentioned in a previous post, "Don't Fear The Rain", days with light or sporadic rain and low wind in the spring should not be wasted. They are fabulous days for wildflower photography. Recently I headed to G.R. Thompson Wildlife Management Area in Linden, VA on just such a drizzly day. The fog or low misty clouds I had hoped for didn't materialize. The rampant underbrush and downed logs and branches throughout much of Thompson makes it very difficult to get a good wide composition that highlights the carpet of large-flowered trillium and I had hoped the fog would help provide some mood and hide/soften some of the distracting background. But I did get plenty of light rain, overcast diffuse light, and little wind. Here are some highlight images from the day with a few brief comments here and there on their making. Hope you enjoy!
I couldn't resist the large raindrop hanging off of this newly emerged yellow lady's slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum) with its lens image of the bare forest tree line up above on the hill. I used a large aperture (f/3.5) to isolate the flower against an out-of-focus background of the hill/vegetation behind it. I also couldn't resist a cutesy title for this one. The well-known expression goes, "April showers bring May flowers" and in this case the shower is definitely in April and the flower doesn't usually show up until May in a normal year. So I thought it was an apt title, with a little tongue-in-cheek homage to the early spring, although I'm sure (as my wife also assured me) no one would have gotten it without my explanation.