In my June 2019 end notes, I promised a gallery of the trailside flowers from my hike to Manza Benchmark in the Laguna Mountains – but it would obviously be fairly similar to another “Signs of Life” gallery… so those that are worth showing here (first four photos in the gallery below) gave me reason to finally get my act together :P to complete the next dozen of flowers that I photographed in the last couple of months and haven’t had on the website yet.
Not all of these are new – the most exciting find surely was Streptanthus campestris, the rare Southern Jewelflower (third photo), and I think the Trichostema parishii (Mountain Bluecurls) photo finally shows the unique features of the plant in a compelling way in a single image. The more complete view of the Collomia grandiflora complements my existing gallery nicely.
I’ve also “branched out” a little bit – the extreme close-up of the Zeltnera venusta anthers was made by adding an extension tube to my 105mm macro lens, and the softness of of the Heliotropum currassavicum is owed to combining a 50mm f/1.4 prime lens with an extension tube. The 50mm f/1.4 with extension tube, when used with a wide open aperture (the photo was made at f/2), yields a very dreamy look and I think I’ll try that more often in the future.
I hope you like the selection. Happy Forth of July to all Americans!