05.16.2020 Wild Red Columbine on the Rocks

Sounds like a nice cool summer drink. It’s warm enough for one today after last night’s wind storm blew through here. We were lucky without any noticeable damage but elsewhere in town folks lost power and there is tree damage. For a while it sounded like a freight train roaring up the street.

I found this nice Red Columbine bouquet while hiking up Mount Holyoke in Skinner State Park which is part of the Holyoke Range State Park.

Getting all those hanging flowers to hold still took more than a few exhortations to “Say Cheese”.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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28 Responses to 05.16.2020 Wild Red Columbine on the Rocks

  1. The contrast with the rocks is quite pleasing.

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  2. Great image Steve!! Reminds me of fireworks!

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  3. All those angular, textured rocks made a good backdrop for the green leaves and red flowers.

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  4. krikitarts says:

    This is fantastic, Steve. We have these in our Minnesota woods, to my delight, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many in bloom on one plant. And I agree with Steve S that the rich, earth-tone rocks really augment the image.

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  5. Angela Moyer says:

    Beautiful! Great composition and really like that the flowers haven’t bloomed!

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, wow, it is gorgeousโ€“ so many perfect blooms on one plant!

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  7. shoreacres says:

    It’s a beautiful flower. The leaves remind me of maidenhair fern; both the leaves and the flowers really shine against that background.

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    You made it just the way I like it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful composition, Steve. And nice job being patient enough with the air movements. That can be a real challenge.

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    • All those hanging flowers don’t take much to tremble and this is part way up a mountain so an updraft is often happening. I am easily entertained so patience comes along with that. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Todd.


  9. Dave Ply says:

    I always thought those were cool flowers, and that one has a particularly bountiful batch of buds. I didn’t realize you had columbine back east too.

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    • Ours are quite different in terms of flower size and coloration than those you have in the west, Colorado especially. It’s always been a hope to catch a hummer in the act with one of these but no chance to date.

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  10. bluebrightly says:

    I love this, Steve. It looks as though each and every flower has been carefully painted for perfect modeling. The thing that’s bothered me sometimes about photographing columbine is the “red-and-greenness of it. This photo harmonizes the red flowers and green foliage by virtue of having them against that warm-colored rock, and mostly away from each other. Really wonderfully composed and toned. Maybe you have to camp out for 2 or 3 hours next to one for that hummingbird opportunity. ๐Ÿ™‚

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