It’s easy to be wooed by fancy, colorful and large flower blossoms. After all, that’s the whole idea in the flower world — to get noticed. But what about those blooms that often get lost in the pageantry of spring? Photographers with the right equipment, and a watchful eye, can put even the shyest blossoms center stage.
Some smaller flowers advertise with a modest budget, like the dime-sized blossoms of forget-me-nots (myosotis sylvatica). Grouped in clumps and in numbers, the bright blue flowers command more attention, but individually the blossom is diminutive. Up close with a macro lens, each blossom reveals a wonderful star in the center that is often overlooked.
Some blooms are in places you might not think to look. The growth cycle of limber pines such as Vanderwolf’s Pyramid, known for its soft two-tone needles, creates a flowerless bloom of cones that begins its spring growth with a brilliant stab of lime green. Two-toned needles with light green on one side and a darker blue-green on the other add subtle contrast to the palette. With the right composition, the radial burst looks like emerald explosions in a fireworks show.
Spring rains provided a wonderful stage for flowers and blossoms of all kinds this season. It’s a wonderful way to explore one of nature’s most brilliant shows — up close and personal.