Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

And let’s not leave out the rocks

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Adding to the claim that the prolific coreopsis held on a nature photographer
at Inks Lake State Park on May 25th were the colorfully lichen-covered rocks there.

The Lady Eve, initially glimpsing the second photograph from across the room,
thought she was looking at a waterfall. Stand far back and see what you think.

© 2019 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 2, 2019 at 4:43 AM

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  1. I agree with the Lady Eve.


    June 2, 2019 at 5:53 AM

    • It’s always good to agree with the Lady Eve, who has a knack for seeing things in images.
      I was thinking about you a short while ago and now here you are.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 2, 2019 at 5:58 AM

      • Yes, here I am. I came home to much water, in the form of a winter storm. Rather a shock after a week of beautiful Fiji sunshine.


        June 2, 2019 at 9:56 PM

  2. I really like the second image, just as it is, although I would have to agree with the lady Eve as well.


    June 2, 2019 at 7:56 AM

    • I was already quite happy with the second image because of its colors and composition. Eve added another vision.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 2, 2019 at 8:20 AM

  3. Wow really beautiful. I feel like I can feel that rock from here, its texture comes across nicely. The concept of seeing a waterfall is quite interesting; nice eye, Lady Eve. Also I really enjoy those little flowers, they blend in quite well with the colors of the rock, seems they’re collaborating on a beautiful scene. 😉 Thanks for sharing.


    June 2, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    • You’re welcome, and I appreciate your enthusiasm. You can imagine mine as I scampered about this scenic landscape taking dozens and dozens of pictures. Maybe another time I’ll go back and pay more attention to the lichen-covered rocks in their own right.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 2, 2019 at 9:59 AM

  4. Rock on! Do you remember Pet Rock? It was invented here in Los Gatos.


    June 2, 2019 at 12:26 PM

  5. A waterfall is safer than a rock fall. Those are nice combinations with the flowers.

    Steve Gingold

    June 2, 2019 at 4:03 PM

  6. Enchanted–a perfect description of these images.


    June 2, 2019 at 8:34 PM

  7. Stunningly beautiful rocks and flowers in your photos. Though different colours, they brought to mind my visits to the grasslands in Saskatchewan where we also saw very beautiful lichen on the rocks.


    June 2, 2019 at 9:06 PM

    • It was a combination of flowers and lichened rocks like nothing I’d seen before.
      I’ve never been to Saskatchewan, but you’re enticing me. The closest I came was Alberta, which was fabulous.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 2, 2019 at 10:03 PM

      • Alberta is magnificent. We were also surprised at how deeply beautiful we found Saskatchewan. We had never seen prairies. We took afternoon hikes in Grasslands National Park which is a wonderful place.


        June 3, 2019 at 8:04 AM

        • I’d not heard of Grasslands National Park but have added it to my mental list of places worth visiting. I see on a map that it borders Montana. On my Alberta trip I spent a couple of days in the other Canadian park that borders Montana, Waterton Lakes National Park.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 3, 2019 at 8:15 AM

          • I hear Waterton is beautiful. We haven’t yet been there. I’m glad to have let you know about Grasslands National Park.


            June 3, 2019 at 8:21 AM

            • We visited Waterton at a time of wildfires in the region, so the air was smoky (in fact approaching fires caused authorities to close the park shortly after we left). Still, we enjoyed our stay and I managed to take plenty of pictures:


              Steve Schwartzman

              June 3, 2019 at 8:36 AM

              • Thank you for the link to your Waterton posts. Being a kid at heart, I loved the one with inverted colours and, of course, the ground squirrel.


                June 3, 2019 at 8:57 AM

                • I rarely show any photo trickery, but, like you, the kid in me occasionally comes out.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  June 3, 2019 at 9:03 AM

  8. Dos fotografías muy bonitas, aunque la primera me parece extraordinaria. Gracias.
    ¡Buen día!

    Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirós

    June 3, 2019 at 3:06 AM

    • Como una versión floral de una parte de Stonehenge, ¿verdad? Y no menosprecio la contribución de las nubes.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 3, 2019 at 7:15 AM

  9. This spring I saw — but couldn’t photograph so well — another place where the flowers and rocks combined in just this way: the Willow City loop. The flowers were thick, the rocks (covered in similar lichens) were equally interesting, and places I’ve only seen covered in dry grasses were breathtaking.

    In this post and the previous one, those cloudy skies really set off the flowers. One of the issues I had to deal with was a combination of perfectly clear skies and harsh, noontime light. It’s interesting that the flowers in these photos seem perfectly bright and beautiful, despite the clouds.


    June 3, 2019 at 5:18 AM

    • Were you able to get close to the rocks on the Willow City Loop? So much of the land there is unfortunately off-limits. One reason I recommended Inks Late State Park last week is that you can wander (and therefore take pictures) freely.

      Yes, the cloudy skies worked well here to set off the wildflowers and also, as you said, to soften the otherwise harsh midday light. Even so, in processing these images in Adobe Camera Raw, I still had to drag the Highlights slider way down and the Shadows slider way up to create more even lighting.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 3, 2019 at 7:30 AM

  10. Even a stone can be a teacher (Thomas Merton). These rocks are thus Deans of the University of life 🙂


    June 3, 2019 at 5:59 AM

  11. Gorgeous!


    June 4, 2019 at 7:33 AM

  12. Look at the man in it!


    June 5, 2019 at 5:37 AM

  13. I have never used this phrase as a compliment until now: you’ve got rocks in your head! These are gorgeous.

    Michael Scandling

    June 7, 2019 at 7:21 AM

  14. Absolutely delightful!


    June 9, 2019 at 2:22 PM

  15. […] visited exactly one year earlier. Because of the continuing drought, the place wasn’t the coreopsis-covered wonderland we’d found there in the spring of 2019. One thing that caught my attention last week that […]

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