06.15.2021 Mission Accomplished

Yesterday morning began with thundershowers before dawn and then more later in the morning.  Later for me, probably still early for most everyone else. We need the rain so no complaints.  But when I visited some favorite spots for mountain laurel-Kalmia latifolia over the weekend most were still tightly budded. I figured I had better visit some others elsewhere yesterday or by this weekend when I had my next opportunity to photograph them it might be too late.

Of course I did make more than this one image, but it is my favorite for the shoot.  Maybe some others later.  The overcast sky made capturing the white flowers less challenging and allowed them to stand out against a background that was darker than might have been otherwise. My first attempts at other compositions met with breezes but as I shot they disappeared allowing for a long exposure the dim flat light required.

Most were set back from the road and difficult to approach but the 180 and a doubler made composing much easier from a flat surface.


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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24 Responses to 06.15.2021 Mission Accomplished

  1. Well achieved, Steve! and a stunning photo!

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  2. Todd Henson says:

    Very nicely done. I’m pleased to see this one because I’ve not been happy with my mountain laurel shots this year. I’m still going through them trying to decide if any are worth posting. Probably will eventually. On a positive note I now have more locations and ideas to try next year when they bloom again. I look forward to any more you post this season. I really enjoy seeing a beautiful photograph of mountain laurel (and this is one)! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Todd. We have a bumper crop of them this year and I just hope they are still strongly blooming when I get out again this coming weekend. They can be a challenge with so many blossoms to organize.


  3. Eliza Waters says:

    I think the Kalmia are particularly nice this year… I have both the wild and hybrid ones. One has cherry-red buds!

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  4. Peter Klopp says:

    What most people don’t realize is that an overcast sky is ideal for bringing out the true colour of a flower. Your impressive photo is a good example of it, Steve.

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  5. Overcast sky is natures light box. Beautiful diffuse light and a spectacularly beautiful photograph.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    Nature waits for no one — at least, not when it comes to blooming flowers. Their decline can be surprisingly fast, as you know. You certainly caught these at just the right time — and thanks to your photos (and those of others) I now can recognize this flower when I see it.

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    • Very true. I am glad I convinced myself to venture out in the rain and even more glad that it and the wind let up for the time it took you make some images. I am glad also that the images have proved helpful in identifying these.


  7. susurrus says:

    I am glad you didn’t let the breezes get the better of you. As a result, an exquisite image of a flower with delicate beauty.

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  8. I always love seeing these, and you caught a good play of light on this cluster.

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  9. That is a beautiful flower. Well taken.

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  10. bluebrightly says:

    Ahhh, beauitiful Mountain laurel. I love the way the cups are formed, with the little indented dots. It’s so intriguing, isn’t it? Lucky me to be able to count on you to bring so many old favorites into my life once again.


    • Those little dots have a purpose. Aside from attracting pollinators, they also hold the tips of the anthers in tension and when a bee,flower fly, etc, lands on the stamen the tension releases and pollen is deposited on the visitor. Nature’s genius.


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