A close look at a petunia, Hilliard, Ohio.

A close look at a petunia, Hilliard, Ohio.

Pink daisy standing above other daisies in our yard, Hilliard, Ohio.

Pink daisy standing above other daisies in our yard, Hilliard, Ohio.

A geranium ready to bloom, Hilliard, Ohio.

A geranium ready to bloom, Hilliard, Ohio.

Close view of a white iris, Hilliard, Ohio.

Close view of a white iris, Hilliard, Ohio.

An iris grows in the swamp in Six Mile Cypress Slough, Fort Myers, Fla.

An iris grows in the swamp in Six Mile Cypress Slough, Fort Myers, Fla.

Dew drips from coneflower petals, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

Dew drips from coneflower petals, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

Hollyhock growing wild, Slate Run Metro Park, Canal Winchester, Ohio.

Hollyhock growing wild, Slate Run Metro Park, Canal Winchester, Ohio.

A bee visits a sunflower in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

A bee visits a sunflower in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

A thistle blooms in front of a field of yellow flowers in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

A thistle blooms in front of a field of yellow flowers in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

A close-up of a Welchkins daylily, Hilliard, Ohio.

A close-up of a Welchkins daylily, Hilliard, Ohio.

Buds of the common fleabane wildflower hang from a stem in a field in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

Buds of the common fleabane wildflower hang from a stem in a field in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

Close view of a white iris, Hilliard, Ohio.

Close view of a white iris, Hilliard, Ohio.

Purple coneflower, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio

Purple coneflower, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio

Common fleabane wildflowers bloom in a field in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

Common fleabane wildflowers bloom in a field in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

Orange cosmos in a garden, Hilliard, Ohio.

Orange cosmos in a garden, Hilliard, Ohio.

A small bee visits a yellow flower in a field in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

A small bee visits a yellow flower in a field in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

Pink daisies stand out against a green background, Hilliard, Ohio.

Pink daisies stand out against a green background, Hilliard, Ohio.

A spiderwort stands above a field, Slate Run Metro Park, Canal Winchester, Ohio.

A spiderwort stands above a field, Slate Run Metro Park, Canal Winchester, Ohio.

A group of sunflowers, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

A group of sunflowers, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

A wild rose grows in a field in in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

A wild rose grows in a field in in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

Pink painted daisies in a garden, Hilliard, Ohio.

Pink painted daisies in a garden, Hilliard, Ohio.

Close view of a white iris, Hilliard, Ohio.

Close view of a white iris, Hilliard, Ohio.

Spidorwort in a field, Slate Run Metro Park, Canal Winchester, Ohio.

Spidorwort in a field, Slate Run Metro Park, Canal Winchester, Ohio.

A lily in a garden, Hilliard, Ohio.

A lily in a garden, Hilliard, Ohio.

A sunflower stands in a field, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

A sunflower stands in a field, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

Common evening-primrose in a field, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

Common evening-primrose in a field, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

05.21/Flowers

I do occasionally set out to photograph flowers, putting a macro (close-up) lens on my camera to grab some flower shots in our yard. But most of my flower photographs are what I would call non-traditional captures.

If there’s any truth to the old English proverb “April showers bring May flowers” it means May is usually a very colorful month where I live in Central Ohio because April is typically a rainy, muddy, flooded (and cold) mess.

So maybe I’ll get to add some new photos of flowers to my files in May.

I do occasionally set out to photograph flowers, putting a macro (close-up) lens on my camera to grab some flower shots in our yard. But most of my flower photographs are what I would call non-traditional captures.

Those non-traditional flower photos are the ones I capture when I’m out shooting wildlife. Instead of using a macro lens and getting very close to the flowers, I’m using the very long, very heavy 600 millimeter super-telephoto lens that I carry to photograph distant birds. I’m standing 15 to 20 feet away from the flowers when I press the camera’s shutter release button.

It’s an odd way to do close-up photography, but it works for me.

I’ll be hiking through a field on a spring or summer morning, looking for birds to photograph, when a flower, or maybe a group of flowers, catches my attention. Sometimes it’s because of how the color of the flower contrasts with its surroundings. Sometimes it’s because of the way the morning sun highlights the flower. And sometimes it’s because the flower is isolated from its surroundings in a way that makes it stand out.

Whatever the reason, I usually return from a wildlife photo hike with at least one photo of flowers.