Wild Columbine

The Wild Columbine is one of the later spring wild flowers in Indiana, but one of my favorites, maybe because it is so photogenic.

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One usually finds her in clusters, near rocky slopes. My major difficulty with wild flowers is the depth of field. When you try to get a good shot of a trillium, for instance, you usually do this vertically down, and even with a modestly shallow depth of field, you inevitably have the muddy Indiana soil as a background, mixed with dirty brown leaves from years back. On the other hand, of the depth of field is too shallow, significant parts of the plant will be unpleasantly blurry.

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The Wild Columbine lends herself to side views, and her taste for location almost automatically provides beautiful backgrounds.

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This is all nice and pleasant, but to really appreciate the beauty of this flower, you need to get down to your knees and look at her intimately close.

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Maybe, in my next life, I want to be an insect. Just for one spring.

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