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592 views on 11/24/11. This photo is straight from the camera, with the exception of the signature, which was added in Photoshop CS.

Featured in the COLOR AND LIGHT Group.
3/1/10 – Featured in THE SILKY TOUCH Group.
3/2/10 – Featured in the AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS’ ASSOCIATION Group.
8/19/10 – Featured in THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT Group.
8/21/10 – Featured in the MONTANA Group
8/23/10 – This was awarded the Editor’s Choice – Best Floral Photo of the Week in The World As We See It Group.
10/4/10 – Featured in the COLOR AND LIGHT Group for the second time.

These beautiful flowers were found in Columbia Falls, Montana, a few miles from the western entrance to Glacier National Park.

My son, Shaun, and I went out looking for birds to photograph last spring. It was my first time using the P80 as he had just upgraded to a P90. Every time we spotted a bird, it would fly away by the time we got the cameras turned on. We’d turn them off again, and a new one would appear. We finally found several in a neighbor’s backyard. Just as we started taking pictures, she let her dog outside and he scared them away.

After a couple hours of walking, we thought we were going to come home empty handed. We came across these wildflowers next to the railroad tracks. I loved the way the setting sun backlit them, giving them a delicate appearance like fairy wings. These are called Prairie Smoke flowers, Old Man’s Whiskers or Three-flowered Aven in their seed stage. The Latin name is Geum triflorum Pursh.

Geum triflorum thrive in most of the northern and western states of the U.S. and most of the Canadian provinces. They are listed as threatened in Michigan and New York. These flowers are perennials and flower from May through July. The plants grow to a height of 6-18 inches.

Model: COOLPIX P80
Shutter Speed: 10/2240 second
F Number: F/5.6
Focal Length: 27 mm
ISO Speed: 64

This makes a set with the two below:


  • Scott Bricker
    Scott Brickerover 5 years ago

    good eye for lighting, you guys!
    superb pic!!

  • Thanks, Scott! I’m having fun learning, and it’s a nice break from fractals.

    – rocamiadesign

  • jmcJMC
    jmcJMCover 5 years ago

    cool photo work,spot on with subject ,nice one,

  • Thanks very much!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 5 years ago

    Really gorgeous! I love the delicacy of those. Splendid capture. Not quite birds, but almost as good. :o)

  • Thanks, Bunny! They aren’t birds, but were almost as difficult to capture. The wind was blowing that day and the flowers were waving all over the place. I was really fortunate with this shot.

    – rocamiadesign

  • solareclips~Julie  Alexander
    solareclips~Ju...over 5 years ago

  • Thank-you too!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Van Coleman
    Van Colemanover 5 years ago

    Fabulous capture my friend!! Beautiful wallflowers!!!xx

  • Thank-you! I’ve only been learning photography for a couple months, so I appreciate your encouragement.

    – rocamiadesign

  • AuntieBarbie
    AuntieBarbieover 5 years ago

    Lovely flowers – reminds me of a balmy quiet morning.

  • Thank-you! I wish I knew what kind they were. I don’t remember having noticed them around here before. We usually have the more common ones like Indian Paintbrush and Fireweed. These are low to the ground and easy to overlook.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartover 5 years ago

    Just lovely – very alluring lighting, detail and composition.

  • Thank-you very much!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Pip Gerard
    Pip Gerardover 5 years ago

    stunning lighting!!

  • Thank-you very much! I’m so impressed with your work, that I take this as a high compliment.

    – rocamiadesign

  • seawhisper
    seawhisperover 5 years ago

    I love these plants, they’re so fluffy :)

  • I do too! They remind me of delicate insect wings.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Rainy
    Rainyover 5 years ago

    Wow!! Love this one, very beautiful!!

  • Thanks, Rainy!

    – rocamiadesign

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