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Springs A Comin’

To quote The Beatles, “it’s been a long cold lonely winter”.  Yes, this winter has been quite bad, particularly in my neck of the woods, and perhaps in yours as well. Sub-zero wind chill, constant snow, and gray skies.  I know some people thrive photographically in the monochrome of winter, but I am not one of them.  Call me a wimp, but I just find it difficult to be creative when I am ….well, cold and uncomfortable.  And this year has been worse than most.

But we can soon put that behind us because, as the title of this post suggests, springs a comin’.  And soon.  And spring is my absolute favorite time of year for photographing.  One day I look forward to being able to photograph throughout spring and not just a day here and a day there.

One of my favorite spring subjects are trillium.  I find it particularly difficult to make compelling trillium images because of the forest debris that typically is scattered all among the flowers, but, still, every year I go out there and try.  Even when you don’t come away with winning shots (why does it always seem windy on the days I get to go out) it is hard not to enjoy shooting on a spring morning.  It’s the process, not necessarily the product!

The following trillium photos from years gone by were all taken at one of my favorite spring wildflower locations, Hell’s Hollow, an out of the way area that belongs to McConnell’s Mill State Park.

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White Trillium

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Trillium erectum forma luteum

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Sea Of White

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9 Responses to “Springs A Comin’”

  1. Mark Says:

    Maybe we need another Trillium Challenge this year Howard? :-)
    http://www.grafphoto.com/wordpress/2010/04/18/trillium-challenges-still-exist/

  2. Howard Says:

    Four years old and you remembered. Ah, that was great fun!!! By the way, I was meaning to get in touch……did I see you referred to in this month’s Outdoor Photographer as ‘top blogger’ in an article??? Fantastic and congrats!!!!!!

  3. Mark Says:

    I don’t know – I let my subscription lapse awhile ago. Now I have to pick one up to see!

  4. Howard Says:

    Oh yes, you’re in there by name. Called you a top blogger….something like that. I may not have the exact quote right. I no longer get hard copy but subscribe via Zinio electronically on my iPad. If you can’t find it let me know and I will flip through and find the page you are mentioned on. Can’t believe they didn’t tell you. It was in an article and I think they quoted a post of your about turning around 180 degrees when shooting to see what is behind you.

  5. Mark Says:

    Strange, I can’t seem to pull it up on my iPad using Zinio. Maybe the discontinued new subscriptions? Kinda strange they called me that – there are so many others that post a heck of a lot more and get a lot more traffic. :-)

  6. Mark Says:

    Ha! I found it. David Leland Hyde’s blog post got published in OP. I had read that before, he is a regular visitor to my site.

  7. Howard Says:

    You’re famous now!!!!!

  8. Bernie Kasper Says:

    These are all beautiful Howard and Trillium are definitely one of my all time favorite wildflowers, like you I am dying to see this winter end and get out and capture a few images myself !!

  9. Howard Says:

    Thanks Bernie…..maybe we need to do some sort of dance or something……I am willing to do whatever it takes to get rid of the winter

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