Thursday, 07 June 2018 19:26

Fireworks in a Lupine Field

The lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus) of Acadia National Park are an invasive species to be sure, but it seems almost a shame to think of their removal - and I do not mean to imply by any means that there is a plan to do this - and, as far as I know, the lupine of Acadia will delight us with their fiery beauty for years to come.

It might be a bit of a surprise to learn that a focal length of 27mm, right in the middle of wide-angleland, allowed me to create the angle-of-view I wanted for this image. An aperture of f/22 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/4th second in some fairly calm air at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure.

The stalks of large palmate leaves and spires of bean-shaped blossoms seem to emerge from the green stems of their plants as bursts of contained explosive from a densely growing field: fireworks of colorful botanical joyfulness.  

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  • Comment Link Ron Belovitz Sunday, 17 June 2018 10:11 posted by Ron Belovitz

    Very nice! It was great seeing you again if only for a short period of time. Best!

  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Saturday, 16 June 2018 07:35 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Everyone, and greetings from beautiful Southwest Harbor, an actual working fishing village - and, well, there are some tourists, too. It's a great time to be on Mount Desert Island and the Maine Coast. Our adventure here begins this evening and the lupine are blooming away, along with the bunchberry.
    Hi Nancy K. Thanks for joining us. I am delighted to be able to share these places with you and I really appreciate your letting me know that they resonate so much with you. Walk in Beauty.
    Hi Rosemary. I hope all is well with you and Don. Your mother must have been a wonderful person. I cannot imagine otherwise for someone who loved lupine so, as did she.
    Hey Nancy T. I will be thinking about you a lot during the coming week and remembering the fun we have shared with you here in times past. I hope that your moving adventure has settled into a pleasant routine for you. We're looking forward to hearing about it very soon. Thank you for those kind words.
    Ah, Joni; in a single word, you have brightened my day. Thank you. It's good to hear from you, and I hope all is well.
    Hey Ray. Thanks for being with us and for all of your thoughtful observations. I changed my perspective several times before settling on this one to show the relationships among this clustering of individual stalks. It was a fun exercise, and, of course, separation was one of the ultimate goals. This is probably our last workshop adventure in Acadia, and I cannot imagine a better group of folks with which to share it. We have been here on many wonderful occasions over the past two decades and are always grateful for the foresight of those predecessors who understood the significance of this place for all of us. Be well, my friend.
    Howdy, Michael. It's always good to have you with us. And I understand completely your experiential feeling in a lupine field. It is magical. All of your comments about the composing of this image are well-taken: color and spatial relationships in both the near and far spaces were all in my mind as I engaged with the blossoms in a wonderful dance of creative joy. Walk in Beauty.
    Thank you, again, everyone. I hope you will all vicariously join us as we experience the beauty of the rock, water, and light of Acadia.

  • Comment Link Mike Di Stefano Tuesday, 12 June 2018 11:56 posted by Mike Di Stefano

    Howdy Don, love this image, the juxtaposition of flower size and pink color of foreground four and background field of blue/violet flowers. the spacing and separation of the foreground flowers is beautifully composed. i always feel like I'm in heaven when i am in a field of lupine flowers photographing.

  • Comment Link Ray Foote Sunday, 10 June 2018 20:27 posted by Ray Foote

    Don, thanks for this image. They are such fanciful plants, despite not belonging there. I found myself staring deeply into this image to understand the spatial relationships among the four close-in pink blooms. Their varied height, the ambiguity about how far apart they are, etc. Fun exercise. And you're headed to Acadia! One of my favorite places. We are all heirs of the vision and generosity of the Rockefellers who bequeathed so much of today's Acadia NP to the nation. Have a great trip. Ray

  • Comment Link Joni Meyer Sunday, 10 June 2018 15:36 posted by Joni Meyer


  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 10 June 2018 14:05 posted by Nancy Tripp

    Another beautiful reminder of Acadia. You are so blessed to be in these special places with a camera. Thank you for sharing them with us. It certainly makes me want to get back out there.

  • Comment Link Rosemary Benson Sunday, 10 June 2018 10:23 posted by Rosemary Benson

    My Mother’s favorite flower! Rip.1920-1982.

  • Comment Link Nancy Kelly Sunday, 10 June 2018 08:43 posted by Nancy Kelly

    This is amazing. I love that area. Your images take me to
    Such special places. Thank you

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