Saturday, May 3, 2014

Pasqueflower Portraits

First pasqueflower of 2014
Every spring, I like to hunt pasqueflowers.  I think it is the combination of the little buggers being hard to find as well as being the first flower to bloom that drives me.  By mid-March, I'm ready for winter to be done and anything that shouts "Spring" attracts me and my camera.  Plus this little beauty is South Dakota's state flower and endeared to many of my fellow Dakotans.  Whether you call it a crocus, a mayflower or a pasque, here is my collection of photos from this year as well as my favorites going back to the spring of 2011.  Click on a image for a larger file to view and enjoy some South Dakota goodness!

New blooms on the edge of Lake Vermillion Recreation Area

I think they look pretty good in black and white too.

Pasques in evening light - Hanson County

I found this guy in the Coteau Des Prairie Hills of southern Roberts county.  It was actually growing in a mowed ditch which allowed me to get up close for great backlight detail.

Taken in the last light of day in 2013.

Taken in 2012.  I was experimenting with shooting "wide open."  Which means I had opened up the aperture as wide as possible to blur the background.

My favorite from 2012.

From 2011.

This is my fav from 2011.  It actually made National Geographic's YourShot Daily Dozen, which was fun.

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