Wildflowers are a fun, gorgeous subject.  Here’s a couple of tips on how to find them.

  • Know the area: this will tell you things like, where are there likely places to see flowers and what areas are or aren’t safe to go to.
  • Know when they bloom! This is tied to both the habits of the flower itself, and the environment, for example, in that higher elevations have spring, and its requisite blooms, later in the year.
  • Keep an eye on events – wildfires can often create spectacular blooms the following spring in the affected area (but again, see point #1 regarding safety). Also be mindful of rainfall; a drought means you probably won’t have much to go on.

These specifics were shot on the road to Hetch Hetchy, which some 6 months previously had been the fire line of a truly massive blaze known as the Rim Fire.  If you think I’m joking, this was a mile down the road.


But it made for glorious photos the next Spring.


Happy shooting!

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One thought on “Wildflowers

  1. I love the first photo! The blue of the wildflowers really complements the grey-purple of the trees.

    We should exchange notes 😉


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