Wildflowers in Morning Light
Date: April 28, 2012
Time of Day: Sunrise
Over the past few weeks I have been making a trek to the foothills east of Fresno about half-way to Kings Canyon National Park in an effort to catch an image of the Valley below in splendid evening light. The idea comes from a local photographer, Paul Mullins, who has a wonderful image made there called "Saddleback Sunset." See http://www.paulmullinsphoto.com/san-joaquin-river/ for Mr. Mullins take on the area.
Well that shot didn't come together for me this year; the grass in the foothills has now gone more brown than green. To get a feeling for what I was going for without success, see: http://contador.smugmug.com/Landscapes/Misc-Practice-Shots/4643097_DkgtTV#!i=1851709009&k=4fCktST&lb=1&s=A
But, as often happens, I spied this area on the drive there and watched it develop for the better over a couple of weeks. Some photographers believe that we have missed the point if we simply re-shoot other successful images. But I have found that some of my best photos were made "while I was on the way" to re-shoot someone else' shot. It gives me a reason to set out in that direction in the first place. If nothing presents itself on the drive there, then I can always do the re-shoot.
On my last run to the foothills before giving up on that shot for the year, I saw that this scene was ready. So I gave it a go for a couple minutes in evening light and realized that morning light would likely be better.
This is just a group of wildflowers along the roadside likely seeded by CalTrans upon completion of an upgrade to the roadway nearby. The flowers are growing on an embankment making for a wonderful perspective.
Works for me. Love the blues here. They appear to be Blue Flax; the blue flowers have 5 petals & 5 stamens.
No filters were used in this shot. Taken with Canon's 24-105 f4 lens with 1.4 tele-converter attached.