Flowers

Wild orchid

Wild orchid

Behind Mt. Everett, Massachusetts. Dave was out hunting wild orchids in a meadow he knows they grow in. This is the flower he’s hunting with him shooting another one behind.

Walking through the meadow they all looked like weeds to me until he pointed them out. This one’s called “lady’s tresses” or something like that. I have no idea how he remembers these things.

Mountain Laurel on Guilder Pond

Mountain Laurel on Guilder Pond

Mt. Everett, Massachusetts. I took my wife Anne on a walk around Guilder Pond on the shoulder of Mt. Everett before the mountain laurel went by. I took my Canon 5D and a few lenses because the walk was short. Glad I did, the flowers were in perfect bloom and the light was great.

The tension between ease of use, low weight, and speed on a hike and wanting to get better images is meaningful. I usually hike with a Canon S90 and it suits me.

I don’t like to take much time to shoot when on a serious hike and when on a serious shoot I like to take all the time I want to get a single image. So, maybe best to keep the two kinds of tools separate. I’m not looking for a single camera that will do it all, but I’d consider something like the Fuji X100 if I thought it wouldn’t get in the way of fast hiking.

It remains an interesting conundrum and one that I’m enjoying considering as I continue to hike with my S90 and occasionally bring the 5D on short photo walks when no one will mind me taking my time in shooting.

Milk splash flower

Milk splash flower

Huntington Gardens, Pasadena, California. The first flower shot I’ve done in a long time. I love flowers and this one had a marker but stupid me, I forgot to shoot it for reference. So, it’s a milk splash flower until I hear otherwise (because it looks like spilled milk frozen in a photograph to me).