Flowers

Flower Ride with Friends

Last week I took a day in the middle of the week, and drove with my photography friends Jill and Bob looking for wildflowers. Bob drove and we headed for Figueroa Mtn Road in Santa Barbara County.

The drive alone is always great. We talk about all things photography and generally figure how to cure the woes of the world.

Figueroa Mtn Flowers

We arrived at our destination along the mountain right at sunrise and even though we live in balmy California, at that time of the morning there is a chill in the air. We got out and started to explore the area and look for the "Perfect Composition". The flowers in this area were sparse in comparison to years past, but were there none the less. We stayed in this area for a couple of hours photographing the poppies and lupin from every angle possible. We then headed back down the mountain looking for, and stopping, at a couple of other spots along the way.

We took a stop in Los Olivos to get a bite to eat. We found a small place called Corner House Coffee. This was a coffee shop that served a few food items on their menu. I did not try the coffee, but for a place to grab a meal, it was not really my cup of tea!

After a great ride we headed home and were back by about 12:30 pm.

Links:
For more of my wildflower photos: http://www.writeroflightphotography.com/Nature/Figueroa-Mtn-Flowers/
Los Olivos, CA: http://www.losolivosca.com
Figueroa Mtn Area: http://www.summitpost.org/page/657005

Spring will be Here Soon!

I know, it's the middle of January, and maybe a little early to be talking about spring. (Although I do live in California and seems like spring right now!) But now is the time to start getting that photo gear and trip planing ready for the spring wildflowers.

Wildflowers cycle in the way they grow. It is not every year that you have a large crop of beautiful flowers spreading across the countryside. My observations over the last 20+ years have been that every year there are small groupings of flowers in many areas that make great photographs.

If you need to improve your photo skills in preparation for the wildflower season, come join Bob Canepa, Jill Waterbury and I for our Digit-All Workshop on Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 and Sunday Feb 1, 2015, at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. We can answer those questions that will help in creating beautiful spring photographs.