Life is an on-going adventure and we are always learning. Recently, I traveled to Crested Butte, Colorado, and participated in a Wildflower Photography Workshop. Crested Butte is known for its array of wildflowers during July and this is something that I have desired to do for a very long time. The instructors, Keith & Rebecca Snell, were terrific and they were able to get us into remote parts of the back country for a unique and majestic experience. For further information about “Spirit of Photography” and Keith’s weekly photography assignments, please check out their website. The link is provided in my Blogroll below on the right side of this page.
These represent, to me, beautiful composition and true examples of the magnificent beauty and color all around us in our world. I hope that they inspire you to stop and look around your environment. If you notice something different today, the beauty of their inspiration will have achieved a unique aspect of soul purpose.
For this photograph, I used my 105 mm Macro Lens specifically designed for close-up photogrphy. I started out photographing several lupine and continued to fine tune the composition until I was left with this single lupine with the muted colors of the other lupine behind it. I was able to achieve the muted background by using manual controls and setting my camera at F2.8.
According to my instructor, Keith, this combination of Indian Paintbrush and Columbine is not usual. Therefore, I feel blessed to have witnessed this uniqueness. However, this combination and composition remind me of one of my inspirational verses that I wrote several years ago. “The colors of the earth blend together so harmoniously. The colors of humanity deserve the same respect and harmony.” The process of nature photography continues to be a natural source of inspiration for me to acknowledge and respect all life.
I was hiking on a path with the beauty and abundance of wildflowers around me everywhere. Suddenly, my head spontaneously turned and my vision basked in the glory of this beautiful set of columbine. If was as if its energy, its soul essence spoke to me. I just knew that I had to photograph these columbine and I hope that I have captured the beauty of their “soul essence.” They are truly majestic to me.