I traveled to Snowy Range in Southern Wyoming a couple of days ago. A friend was recently up there, and reported the wildflowers were beautiful, so I had to check it out. They were indeed all over the place, especially above 9000 feet. The first photo is a columbine nestled against a pine tree – selected for a dark background and relative shelter from the Wyoming wind. I’m amazed at how much columbines move in the wind – exasperating for a photographer! Nevertheless, I caught a nice calm moment, and the results are pleasing.
The second photograph is something special. I was carefully looking around in a meadow when I spotted this tiny intensely blue/purple flower. In fact, I almost stepped on it! It was so tiny and low to the ground, it took a lot of effort to configure my camera and lens to get the shot. After I returned home, my trusty flower book identified it as a fringed gentian, and most likely the Rocky Mountain variety. I really like the intense color and texture of the flower.The third photograph was taken just before I gave up for the morning. I noticed a clump of flowers nestled against an old log, and thought I might have a nice composition. The dusty beardtongue is a relatively common plant in the high country, but the blossoms are quite attractive. The texture of the old log makes a nice backdrop for the flower. To capture this image, I hade to contort myself into a yoga-like pose to keep from damaging flowers behind me (too much).