Phew. A second trip got me what I wanted. Hepatica in bloom. The wind though was relentless and the light harsh, so my photographic options were somewhat limited, but I got a couple that I’m happy with. This first one is the same group of flowers in the trail that I shot on my first attempt. So lucky they weren’t crushed by an inattentive hiker. I had to wait until they were in the shade of a tree so that the detail wouldn’t be blown in the petals. The light is kind of strange; usually people put the shadow in the background, but I like the contrast.
This second one is bit unusual for a hepatica shot. I find that most people shoot them at the angle of the one in the background where the petal separation isn’t as obvious. But this little duo was in a perfect location, light-wise and I love those leaves so I had to include one. Standing on the hill, waiting for the wind to die down for a second so I could shoot was pretty peaceful. So much so that an enterprising and friendly garter snake came by to say hello. It wasn’t even aware of me in a way that threatened it and never stopped in its snakey glide on by in search of lunch. I love it when that happens. It feels so harmonious. Like I’m meant to be there and am not an intruder at all.