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Don Smith (California, United States) on 8 April 2012 in Landscape & Rural.


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Well spring has most certainly sprung here in Central California. That means it is wildflower season. This is an image of Echium that I captured near Pacific Grove, Californa using the sun as a backlight source. My current blog offers 8 tips to help you better succeed with your flower photography. To read more please click here.

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Florence from Paris, France

These are wonderful. Exquisite light-catchers giving their best to an expert.


8 Apr 2012 3:39pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Gorgeous color and angle! Just beautiful!

8 Apr 2012 6:22pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!!!
so beautiful colors!!!

8 Apr 2012 8:35pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is so wonderul, Don. I am not familiar with this plant - perhaps saw them when we lived out there and just did not pick up on them. They are really exquisite..examining these is rather like opening a big christmas present with all sorts of treasures inside - that's the feeling I get when focusing in on the little florets that reside on the larger tufts...And your focal concentration (focus) on the left one (thank GOD you focus on the LEFTt) is magnificent!...we have no trouble examining and enjoying those little stars...The balance of this composition is so beautifully put together,The main character is like a drum major in front leading the band of brightly dressed musicians! The colours are really great in this piece. And again, just the way you have COMPOSED this piece is fantastic!...If this is what I missed I am really kicking myself Peace.

11 Apr 2012 2:40pm

@Denny Jump Photo: I've only really found these Echium growing along the coast Denny. I always thought they were a type of lupine and I used to refer to them as cone lupine - obviously I was wrong. I back home for a bit with one more workshop (Northern Arizona) on the horizon. Lots or rain this morning - our winter weather is in full force!

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I really hope this doesn't rub you the wrong way but I also love this image, not just because it is drop dead beautiful (whiich it sincerely is) but becasue it also makes me think of the opening scene (or very close to the opening scene) of Raiders of the Lost Ark, where we see Indiana Jones being chased by a whole troupe of warriors running thrugh the tall grass right "into" the lens, so to speak, The scene is shot at a REALLY long zoom so the depth is freakin awesome...well I love this shot because of that hapy memory as well.....PS.. I will be out for about 6 weeks...details on my April 12 blog post. But I'll be keeping my eye on you, Mr Smith!! Cheers

13 Apr 2012 6:27pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

jolie lumière.

18 Apr 2012 9:21am