Photographing wildflowers in the spring is very popular in the Sedona area.  After hearing so many people talk about it, I finally decided to see what all the fuss was about.  For a week, I went out every day and tried my best to capture some good images without success.  There were three thing that I wasn’t prepared for; wildflowers are mostly very small but have an amazing amount of detail, they often require the use of artificial light even in bright sunlight in order to see the details, and they don’t stand still.  Any breeze at all makes it very difficult to photograph flowers.  Some photographers only shot in a studio and others carry wind screens and light reflectors.

Although I had very little success at first my eyes opened to a miniature world that I had never noticed before.  I learned to look for the unexpected and to take time to notice every little detail in everything.  The experience enhanced my life in numerous ways and has made me a better photographer.

All of these photos were taken in Sedona.  Though I may add images from other locales in the future, I am very much enjoying capturing the natural beauty of Sedona.

600 Desert Artichoke

600 Desert Artichoke on Dark Blue Background

I had never heard of or seen a desert artichoke before I captured these images.  I combined them into a collage because I didn’t feel that any one image could do justice to the beauty of the plant.

602 Lacy Flowers

602 Lacy Flowers

603 Morning Mist

603 Morning Mist

604 Triple Holyhocks

604 Triple Hollyhocks on a Black Background

Hollyhocks grow wild in this area of the country and in a wide range of colors.

628 Mixed Flowers

628 Mixed Flowers

605 Blue with Yellow

605 Blue Flower with Black & Yellow Center

601 Purple on Black

601 Purple on Black

I don’t know the name of these flowers but was thrilled to find two perfect specimens side by side.

606 Three Roses

606 Three Roses

607 Four Hollyhocks

607 Four Hollyhocks

608 Rose with Buds

608 Rose with Buds

609 Double Hollyhocks

609 Double Hollyhocks

610 Blue Wildflowers

610 Blue Wildflowers

This was my first success with wildflowers.  Each flower is smaller than a dime.

611 Hollyhock

611 Hollyhock

615 Rose Glow

615 Rose Glow

This image was captured in daylight without any artificial or reflected light.  It just seemed to glow naturally because of the early morning sun.

613 Desert Artichoke on Beige

613 Desert Artichoke on Beige Background

Same collage as 600 with a different background color.  Black, light blue and green also work well as background colors for this image.

622 Yellow Lilies

622 Yellow Lilies

629 Small Blue Flower

629 Small Blue Flower

614 Puff

614 Puff

I have no idea what this is but I was afraid that one gust of wind might end its life before I could capture this image.

612 Red Rose

612 Red Rose

616 Rose Glow Closeup

616 Rose Glow Closeup

617 Catawba Tree

617 Catawba Tree

These pods and blossoms were thoroughly entwined with the Catawba tree.  I have since seen them on other species of trees so I suspect that there is some symbiotic relationship and that they are not part of the tree.

618 Blue Flower

618 Blue Flower

Because of a gentle breeze it took me over 30 minutes to get a sharp image of this flower.

619 Blue Wildflowers with Tassle

619 Blue Wildflower with Tassel

620 Elegant White Flower

620 Elegant White Flower and Bud

621 UFOs

621 UFOs - Unidentified Flowering Objects

623 Flowering Spikes

623 Flowering Spikes

624 Cactus Flowers and Buds

624 Cactus Flowers and Bud

625 Purple Cactus Flowers

625 Purple Cactus Flowers

Most cactus flowers are red or orange.  I used photoshop to create a rare sight.  The original image is red.

626 Red Cactus Flowers

626 Red Cactus Flowers

627 Yucca Plant

627 Century Plant

   

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