Whether on the street or in the garden, the goal is to capture what can not be easily percieved. Sometimes it requires a keen sense of human observation while at other times a mere exploiting of the differences between the camera and the human eye. In all cases, it requires judgement – a highly critical evaluation of what makes the subject interesting to observe. For street photography it is about discerning the perfect moment in time with gesture and composition. With images like these flower macros, it is about finding an element elevating it to the point where it cannot be taken for granted.
The cool spring this year has been keeping the wildflower active and alive. This from an outing to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve outside of Lancaster California. You would not believe the acres of bright orange poppies. Not only at the Reserve but also leading in and out.
Seeing all the poppies I was thinking that I wanted to showcase some of the other wildflowers with the poppies as their backdrop. These little purple flowers are just the blooms of a weed which seed into these little twisty stickers. I remember playing with these as a kid. They are very common. Here they get first billing with a nice contrast of orange and purple. I also really like the hints of in focus poppies on the left side of the image.
I’ll be posting more from the Poppy Reserve.
Lovely little wildflowers of purple and yellow on the Pentachaeta Trail in Westlake Village, California