“Assuming what people want is about as controlled as using fireworks to start a fire.”
― Criss Jami
With all the recent celebrations of Canada’s 150th year of Confederation and the 4th of July in America these past few days, fireworks have been a bit of a theme. Many people have posted images and written about their country’s celebrations. So, when I made this image of a small group of Yellow Hawkweed, with a soft background, it reminded me instantly of fireworks.
It was such a quick and simple composition and I was not thinking fireworks when I made it. I just liked the bright yellow against the green forest background. I still find myself constantly amazed at the structure of so many wildflowers, that I did not notice at first. This is not my first photo of hawkweed, but for the first time I noticed that the petals, rather than being completely flat, start out as tubes and flatten into a scoop-like structure, with five pointed frills (ligules) at the end.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/640 sec, f/9.0 ISO 800
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One of my favourite flowers is the crucifix orchid because it reminds me of fireworks. I’ve never seen Yellow Hawkweed before, but it looks quite stunning in this photo!
It’s very common here, followed within a few days by orange hawkweed.