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Desert Bloom at Park Avenue

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 3 May 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

A lone desert wildflower (sorry I don't know it's name) blooms through the sandstone slickrock of Park Avenue, located in Utah's Arches National Park. The wildflowers seemed somewhat sparse to my eye, but I happened to spot this little guy as I was walking through the incredible red rock cliffs of this famed destination.

I decided to lie down on my side and get the camera/lens very close. I placed the flower in the lower-right quadrant and allowed the lines of the slickrock to draw the eye through the image. Fortunately an overcast sky held the top left of the image.

As I have mentioned before on this blog, perspective, lines and shapes are very important to me, as well as a foreground element that compliments or contrasts its surroundings, such as this fragile flower amongst this harsh environment.

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1/5 second F/16.0 ISO 200 16 mm

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