Winecup Clarkia

Winecup Clarkia (Clarkia purpurea) is another one of those little wildflowers that have probably been around all the time here, but I never really noticed them or paid much attention to them until this Spring, when they seem to be out in much larger amounts than before, thanks to our wet winter. Patches left and right along some local trails seemed to contain nothing else but Winecup Clarkia for a period of time.I made the photos below on a cool morning of one of our “May gray” days – unfortunately, these little flowers only really open in full sun though, which is not exactly the kind of light I want to photograph them in. Using a diffuser would be an obvious solution, but using one alone while making hand-held macro photos is a bit difficult. Perhaps I should train Toni to hold a diffuser in place for me… :-D

Anyway, here are the photos. As usual simply scroll down to see more, or if you’re on a desktop or laptop with a larger screen, click on any image to open it in the slideshow viewer.

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