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Redstem Stork's Bill by Darcy Johnson

August 2019 - Redstem Stork's Bill

About the Image(s)

This photograph was taken on one of my favorite hikes in the Colorado National Monument near the Colorado/Utah border in late April. I enjoy hiking and seem to photograph whatever's in bloom. The area is considered high desert. I didn't change a lot, mostly lightening and brightening the flower while darkening the background slightly. I did remove a bit of "I don't know what" that was distracting to me in the upper left background. The original photo - Canon ISO 100, 19mm, f/4.0, 1/500 sec
Since I paint botanical watercolors as well, I am always interested in more detail about whatever flora/fauna I photographed: The Redstem Stork's Bill (also called a Filaree) is a hairy, sticky annual herb that is somewhat invasive. The flowers come in clusters at the top of a stalk and resemble ornamental geranium flowers. The plant gets its name from the immature fruit which resembles a stork's head and bill (seed pod) The seed pod bursts open in a spiral when ripe sending seeds with feathery parachutes into the air. The entire plant is edible.

6 comments posted

Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron

Your composition is spot on and I like the softness of the colors. A very nice image.   Posted: 08/06/2019 19:10:43
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Thanks Gregory!   Posted: 08/10/2019 14:57:08

Arun Bagga   Arun Bagga
I like the way you have captured the softness and delicacy of the flowers. I think the image is well adjusted in subtle colors and a blurred background. The square format suits the theme.
Thanks for providing details and the habitat of the Redstem Stork's Bill   Posted: 08/09/2019 06:28:09
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Thanks Arun!   Posted: 08/10/2019 15:03:39

Larry Beller   Larry Beller
I like this image. Your colors and focus are outstanding. The composition is good, but I would like to see it cropped somewhat; you don't need all that space around the flower group, especially when that space is a bit "busy". The biggest (though still very tiny) problem I see is the light-colored background spots in the lower third of the image. These draw my eye from your flowers.   Posted: 08/17/2019 16:03:25
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Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Thanks for sharing your changes! I see what you mean about cropping further and I think darkening the light colored spots is a nice improvement.   Posted: 08/17/2019 19:42:05


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