Sunday, May 6, 2007

Sierra Spring

The wildflowers in the lower elevations of the Sierra are peaking now, but the higher elevations are a long way from blooming. I was in Yosemite last week to get some shots of the Dogwood blossoms - they were everywhere in the Valley. I also went to a place in the Sierra Foothills outside of Sacramento, CA, and found a wonderful field of Lupine (thanks to the suggestion of a friend). I stayed into the evening to get the best light on the Lupine, and thankfully the winds were light and I was able to get some long exposures. You really have to shoot wildflowers in the evenings or on a cloudy day. I have found that even when it is cloudy the best light is still in the evenings or early morning. The shots I have been working on are in the SIerra Spring portfolio to the right. The image of the "Oak Cathedral" looks like it was taken in Autumn, but it was just taken last week in an area where the  evening backlighting gave the oak leaves a golden glow.