Walking in the bed of an unnamed tributary to Bull Creek a couple of weeks ago, I came across a few sneezeweed plants, Helenium quadridentatum, that were flowering. The flower heads were in bright sunlight, and I crouched down to position them against the dense juniper trees that were in shadow across the creek. The result, as rendered by a camera sensor that is much less sensitive than the human eye, is a photograph with a black background that nicely sets off the saturated yellow of the plant’s ray flowers.
© 2011 Steven Schwartzman
(Here is information about Helenium quadridentatum, including a map showing where the species grows.)