Sometimes when walking along in the woods, I come across a new (to me) flower. This happened last year when I saw the Shooting Stars. Unfortunately I found them just days before access to the park was limited due to the pandemic. Only a few flowers were open at that time. I was determined to visit them again this year and have been back several times so far. There are several dozen plants in various stages of blooming. I crawl around on knee pads and yoga mat trying to get as low as possible. I like the effect of getting down to ground level for the shots.
The second image was made with a long lens and extension tube. The combination helps to isolate the flower from the background by using a wide aperture.
Each year I look forward to wandering the local parks and woodlands looking for wildflowers. This year I finally came across the Columbine I knew was there, but had not seen. While exploring the area for another flowering plant, I saw the Columbine clinging to a large rock outcrop. Getting into a better position for photographing the flowers, I came upon many more blooming plants. After about two hours, with the sun setting, I had to move on.
Walking through the gardens at Ida Lee park, I try to capture all the variety of the flowers through the seasons. The end of October signals the end of many of the summer flowers. I found this one in particular to be interesting. With just a few petals hanging on, it takes on a sad appearance. Soon it will resemble the neighbor on the left. That won’t be the end though, as there are seeds to feed the birds and maybe a few will survive to grow new plants next year.