First Sign of Spring

One of the first sure signs of spring in the Tampa FL area is the appearance in mid-March of the Atamasco Lily (Zephyranthes atamasco) – also known as Easter Lily and Rain Lily. While hiking in Hillsborough River State Park, I found a small evenly lit patch. The patch wasn’t full enough to include the surrounding environment, but instead had flowers well placed for macro photography. I photographed this particular flower for about 30 minutes, trying various compositions, until I settled on this version. Although a somewhat simple composition – I find a lot in this image: the abstract partial flower, delicate flowing petals, prominent single stigma surrounded by the yellow pistils, and green of the flower complemented by the muted greens and browns of the background. This subtlety contrasts with the visual tension of the overall diagonal rendering of the flower in the image frame.

First Sign of Spring. Nikon D810 DSLR. Nikon 200 mm f4.0 Micro. Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Tripod. Really Right Stuff BH-50 Ballhead. Fstop Loka Pack. © Chuck Lockett Photography 2016.

First Sign of Spring. Nikon D810 DSLR. Nikon 200 mm f4.0 Micro. Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Tripod. Really Right Stuff BH-50 Ballhead. Fstop Loka Pack. © Chuck Lockett Photography 2016.

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  1. By Spring Flowers on April 20, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    […] spring. I track spring in the Tampa Bay FL area by the arrival of two species. As mentioned in my First Sign of Spring post from 13 Mar 2016, first to appear is the Atamasco Lily (Zephyranthes atamasco) – also know […]

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