Barbara Kuebler, APSA, MPSA  


Signs of Spring - Bitterroot by Barbara Kuebler, APSA, MPSA

May 2020 - Signs of Spring - Bitterroot

About the Image(s)

Bitterroot is a succulent plant that grows in the northwest. It has no green leaves. It is Montana's state flower and blooms from May to June. It grows in rocky soil. I was lucky that this plant grew on a steep hillside so I didn't have to lie down on the ground to get an eye-level shot. Very little processing was done to this image.


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6 comments posted

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Beautiful flowers. Yes, the fan-shaped composition is the way these blossoms grow, but you took good advantage of that. The depth of field puts the background out of focus, yet still establishes the environment. It is hard to believe that these lovely flowers prefer to grow in such a hard-scrabble place. It seems to be overexposed, causing loss of detail in the stamens. I played with black point, white point, Precision contrast to fix the stamens without hurting the petals. Don'y know if it's an improvement or not.   Posted: 05/10/2020 13:23:05
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Barbara Kuebler   Barbara Kuebler
Yes, I think that is an improvement. Thanks.   Posted: 05/19/2020 17:23:04

Gavin Tow   Gavin Tow
I have not seen flowers like that before, and it is very pretty. How interesting their preferred area to grow from. I really like the gray ground/background that enhanced the flower themselves.   Posted: 05/11/2020 03:16:05

Ally Green   Ally Green
What a gorgeous composition and certainly heralds the signs of spring. I really like how the pink colour stands out against the rocky background and the way you have included the new buds waiting to bloom. I may have seen if i could have tightened up the focus on the flower on the left.   Posted: 05/19/2020 14:45:30

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
I'm enjoying the shape and shapes of this flower! Thanks, too, for the info about it. I feel I should've known about Bitterroot but I didn't! That rocky soil looks extremely uncomfortable to have to kneel on to take a photo. Glad to hear this one was growing on a slope! I'm always looking for ways to make a photo look more special while keeping its authenticity. For this image I suggest cleaning up some of the pebbles around the edges of the frame so as to make them less distracting. Here's my sample photo. It doesn't take long to do, and I like the way the image feels less like a snapshot.   Posted: 05/19/2020 16:31:17
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Walter Ross   Walter Ross
I too am unfamiliar with this flower. Feel like this should have been taken in the Southwest not up North as it looks more like our terrain here all the time. I like the composition and the color and really appreciate the fit to the topic. Thank you.   Posted: 05/30/2020 14:25:18