Along the Trail
While hiking in the local state park one morning in early June, I was stopped by this Wild Geranium growing along the trail. Due to the heavy maple canopy overhead, there were few wild flowers along this section. Other areas of the park, being more open, were well populated with the flowers.
Unlike the others, this one caught my attention. The filtered sunlight accented its color in an otherwise darkened environment.
Studying this colorful flower against the backdrop of green plants, my mind started asking philosophical questions. We see things all day, but remember very little. We hear words, though recall but a few..
This individual flower reminded me of how one kind word, a singular act of kindness, or perhaps one song that touches us for whatever reason, can brighten the trail we walk each day. Yes, I need the periodic reminder!
In the field with many other Wild Geraniums, I would have missed the meaning of this flower. Alone, along the trail, this Wild Geranium shared its wisdom.
In the past, when I noticed a wild flower I’d pull out my 180 mm macro lens and shoot it in an isolated environment. While it was a good shot, it wasn’t quite what I was looking for.
Recently I’ve started to shoot with a shallower depth of field. My goal with this image is to have the Wild Geranium stand out against the rest of its surroundings. Its’ importance to the trail then becomes apparent.
And why the fast shutter speed? It was windy!
File ID: PHP_IMG_14846
1Ds Mark III, Canon 24 mm f/1.4 L II USM
focal length 24 mm
ISO 200, 1/800 second, f/2.2
spot metering, manual, Gitzo tripod, 2 second mirror lock-up delay
Pike Lake Unit, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Hartford, , Wisconsin