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April showers, May flowers my photos, my words

If there’s any truth to the old English proverb “April showers bring May flowers” it will be a very colorful month of May where I live in Central Ohio. April has been a rainy, muddy, flooded (and cold) mess.

So maybe I’ll get to add some new photos of flowers to my files in May. Flowers are the subject of my featured gallery for the month on my web site.

A geranium ready to bloom, Hilliard, Ohio.

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.

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

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.

A close look at a petunia, Hilliard, Ohio.

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

I add a new featured gallery the first of each month. The numbers in the gallery title represent the month and year it was featured. Last month’s featured gallery, with photos from Keeneland, the historic horse race track in Lexington, Ky., has been moved to my featured gallery archives.

Pink daisy standing above other daisies in our yard, Hilliard, Ohio.
A geranium ready to bloom, Hilliard, Ohio.
Close view of a white iris, Hilliard, Ohio.
A close look at a petunia, Hilliard, Ohio.
Dew drips from coneflower petals, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
Hollyhock growing wild, Slate Run Metro Park, Canal Winchester, 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 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.
Close view of a white iris, Hilliard, Ohio.
Purple coneflower, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio
Orange flowers on a butterfly weed plant contrast with the green background in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A moth climbs through petunias, Hilliard, Ohio.
Common fleabane wildflowers bloom in a field in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, 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.
Pink daisies stand out against a green background, Hilliard, Ohio.
A spiderwort stands above a field, Slate Run Metro Park, Canal Winchester, Ohio.
A close-up view of a Folksinger Rose, Inniswood Metro Gardens, Westerville, Ohio.
A group of sunflowers, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
Painted daisies in a garden, Hilliard, Ohio.
A Lily of Hosea in Inniswood Metro Gardens, 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.
Spidorwort in a field, Slate Run Metro Park, Canal Winchester, Ohio.
Close view of a white iris, Hilliard, Ohio.
One sunflower stands out in a field, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A lily in a garden, Hilliard, Ohio.
A sunflower stands in a field, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
Pink painted daisies in a garden, Hilliard, Ohio.
Common evening-primrose in a field, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A close look at a Robert's Delight orchid, United States Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C.
A bee feeds on a sunflower in a field, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
Purple tulips reach for the sky, Hilliard, Ohio.
A sunflower stands in a green field, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
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