On my climb today I found the first wildflowers of the season.
Now, perhaps the Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus is not considered a wildflower, but in my book, it counts, and this is my book.
This particular cactus was just next to another that was about to burst into twenty to thirty blooms, which I hope to shoot next weekend. This was found at the start of my walk at 6,500 ft or so. I have to say that I was so taken by the bright red flowers that I stopped my hike and ended up sitting down in the trail trying to compose a nice close up shot. Next week I hope to get the larger grouping.
After climbing nearly 2,000 additional feet, I almost missed this next flower, but the yellow caught my eye. It sits on the top of a solid wall of granite, finding a toehold in a crack in the rock.
The flower is from the mustard family, called Fendler’s Bladderpod. It is very very small, about the size of a third of a dime, if that. Once again, I found myself on the ground will all thoughts of a quick climb a distant memory.
I ended up taking 17 different images of this flower, primarily because in the macro mode I can’t really see how sharp the image is in the view finder. I hope that quantity will ultimately produce one or two images of quality.
During the two minutes of exposures, the plant had a visitor that I was able to capture at what I consider the perfect moment.
Here you can see one of our Alien species, visiting a flower during a refueling mission.
Next, it gets down to business, the business of refueling.
I’m also going to add a quote for the day here, something I just discovered that has what I consider a very sloppy translation that can be found all over the web. I think that this is a more accurate version:
Learn to see, that’s the whole secret of natural studies.
George Sand pseudonym for Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, later Baroness Dudevant (1804-1876)
Granted, I have no knowledge of French, but for those who do, here is the original. Apprendre à voir, voilà tout le secret des études naturelles.