Wildflowers (Prairie Smoke)


Columbia Falls, United States

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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

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