Picnic with the Wildflowers
Can you imagine sharing your picnic spot with a field of daisies? This location, somewhat “hidden”, is located on a small hillside overlooking the lake.
The hiking trail is just below and curves around this small hillside. If you look close when you pass, you can see a few of the daisies descending from the summit.
A few picnic tables are spaced for use, though very little used at this time. One might call it “nature’s picnic area”, as this location is probably 1/2 mile from the beach, main picnic area and parking lot of the park. Its amenities are limited to the hillside, daisies and lake view over the bluff. The wildflowers, not the automobiles, take command of the openings.
With the lack of use, the park has skipped mowing this bountiful hillside. If they asked me, I would suggest leave it “as is”, and manage it for the wildflowers. What better place to have a summer picnic than in a field of daisies, overlooking the lake and the open sunshine overhead.
This patch of daisies is probably 50 feet long by around 25 feet wide. However, I wanted to make it look like it was far more expansive.
To “fill the frame”, I used a 16-35mm wide angle lens, got very close to the daisies, and angled the camera (on a tripod). Daisies were purposely allowed to “enter the frame” from both the front left and right. Notice how this took away any negative green space that would have otherwise existed and helped balance the lower third of the image.
With a small aperture and focusing on the daisy in the front, yields the impression that this patch went on for a long way.
File ID: PHP_IMG_14863
1Ds Mark III, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 IS L III USM
focal length 16 mm
ISO 50, 1/30 second, f/16
spot metering, manual, Gitzo tripod, 2 second mirror lock-up delay
Pike Lake Unit, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Hartford, Wisconsin