Sierra Lupine, Spring

Sierra Lupine, Spring
Sierra Lupine, Spring

Sierra Lupine, Spring. Yosemite National Park, California. May 3, 2013. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

A dense patch of Sierra Nevada lupine, backlit by spring morning sun.

In spring the lupine flowers can bloom profusely in open areas in the Sierra foothills. We passed this small field of lupines along a roadside on the way to Yosemite Valley – and the stop probably made us late for a bit of wonderful early morning light in the Valley. But sometimes it is more important to photograph what you see here and now than to race past on the way to what you might find later. (That bit of advice is not worth as much as it might seem since sometimes precisely the opposite ends up being the right choice!)

These flowers were growing in a burned area, so there was plenty of sunlight to encourage their strong growth and large lupine plants grew thickly here. Them morning light was still low enough – and somewhat muted by a bit of high cloudiness, if I recall correctly, so that I could get down low and shoot with the flowers backlit. In order to make some sense out of the confusion of colorful flowers and plants, I decided to use a longer focal length lens and a relatively large aperture so that I could isolate the foreground flowers against the blurred background of plants that were farther away.

G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer and visual opportunist whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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