March Wildflowers

Some of last month’s gems are starting to fade, but new ones are coming along to take their place. These are just a few of the flowers I saw yesterday. Some of the tiny ones really need a macro lens to do them justice, which I don’t have yet. One of these days … sigh …

Fields of Popcorn flowers

I don’t know the botanical name for these flowers, but they can cover an entire field with their tiny flowers. Here is a closer look with a poppy.

(Note took down the ceanothus and buttercup photo as it did not seem to be loading properly every time I loaded this page.)

And who could resist a lupine backed by the ocean and mountains?


I have more, but it is too beautiful to be inside on the computer. Need some sun time.

6 thoughts on “March Wildflowers

  1. KATE:

    How are the roads from Highway One to Alder Creek Camp as well as the SCRRoad in the Alder Peak area? Any help/insight much apppreciated.

  2. these views are so lovely and the landscape so wild. As far as the macro lens goes, do it! You will never look back. It opens up a whole new world, one that’s complex and compelling. I got into macro photography because i wanted to shoot wildflowers in the national parks, but when I started looking through that lens I found so much more! Thanks for the lovely pictures.

  3. further to the macro thing …. I shoot with canon and my most useful lens is a 28 to 70 zoom with macro. When I add a 2x macro converter to it, it gets in very close. I don’t know if Nikon have an equivalent, but it would be worth checking. It means you can work with one lens on a wide range of subjects.

  4. Cheap Macro (maybe:) Although most digital cameras are not set up for using filters, you m-i-g-h-t be able to put a “close-up filter” hand-held in front of your lens to get a macro-type shot.
    These filters are usually sold in sets of +1, +2, and +3 for different magnifications; usually used with 35mm SLR cameras.
    Unfortunately, my set is in storage on the East Coast, so I can not do a test shot for you. Out here (for film) I use extension tubes to get the same thing–superior because there is one less layer of glass between subject and film. I have never seen an extension tube advertised for a digital camera, but some Nikon digitals apparently can use 35mm lens accessories. IF your digital camera can take filters, then you can get an inexpensive adapter for close-ups. I have a 10X close-up adapter for my old Fuji digital, but the camera is only 4 megapixels.

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