“Spring” is the theme of the current Readers Photo Challenge assignment and judging from the response spring has indeed sprung.
Twenty-one readers sent in a whopping 134 photos. Most dealt with the growth that springtime brings. Flowers, both wild and homegrown, were a common subject. It’s also the season for the rebirth of living things, which were mostly represented by photos of birds and insects.
All represent the season well. Here are some of the best examples.
One usually associates spring with sunshine and warm temperatures, at least in California. But rain also helps to define the season. This year’s El Niño storms have not only caused an explosion of flowers of every kind but also help to directly enhance some of the pictures sent in.
Carolyn Silva of Jackson was vacationing in Ft. Bragg along the Mendocino coast when rain showers hit. The storm knocked down the petals from flowering trees lining the walkways of the Holiday Inn Express that she and her husband staying at. With her Nikon D500 DSLR camera she captured the beauty of the colorful pink petals as they carpeted the concrete sidewalk.
Normally we think of poppies in their buttercup shape, opening their faces towards the sun. But in cold and wet conditions the plants will fold up their petals.
Susan Scott of Stockton used a Canon Rebel DSLR camera to photograph a poppy in her backyard after a rainstorm. She captured rolled up petals as tiny raindrops cling to its golden skin.
Contrasting elements and isolation are compositional technique used by photographers. Contrasting colors can help bring out a subject and isolating that subject can do so as well.
Dave Skinner of Stockton used both techniques to great effect. Armed with a Nikon D5200 DSLR camera, Skinner photographed wildflowers growing along Electra Road near Jackson in the Mother Lode.
He isolated a single stalk of lupine growing out of a field of poppies. The blue of the lupine contrasted with the bright orange/yellow of the poppies making it sand out even more.
Rick Wilmot of Lodi used a Canon EOS 5D Mk III DSLR camera to photograph azaleas in a raised planter in at the Pavilions Shopping Center Sacramento. The backlighting enhances the bright purple petals making them pop out against the black background.
When one gets a new camera it takes a little time to learn how to use it and the first pictures that are take are often mediocre at best, but not for Bobby Moulden of Manteca. He used a brand new Nikon D5 DSLR to photograph a bachelor’s button wildflower just outside of Yosemite National Park on Hwy 140. It’s bright blue hue contrasts nicely against the yellow-green of the surrounding foliage.
Red-breasted robins are among the traditional signs of spring. Mike Allen of Meridian, Idaho used a Canon Rebel T3i with a 70-200mm lens to photograph a robin splashing in a birdbath as spring came to his backyard.
Bees are also symbols of spring. Marzeny Manrriquez of Stockton used a Canon EOS Rebel T4i DSLR camera to photograph bumblebee hunting for nectar amongst brightly colored flowers at Kohl Open School in Stockton.
Stay tuned for a new Readers Photo Challenge assignment will be issued next week.