As much of the rest of the Nation experiences late season weather, spring has come to Florida. One of my best indicators is the annual iris bloom, which occurs in the Tampa area mid-March to mid-April. Since my wife loves these flowers, much of my photography during this time focuses on the irises. I’ve found two locations in the Tampa area with consistent blooms – Hillsborough River State Park and Brooker Creek Preserve. Interestingly, the booms rarely arrive simultaneously at both locations and often only at one each year. This year for example, Hillsborough has a magnificent bloom whereas – at least so far – Brooker Creek’s are minimal. Perhaps a few more weeks will make the difference. I took the first image several years ago at Brooker Creek. I photographed this particular bloom for about 20 minutes from various angles before I noticed the Green Tree Frog. Although not particularly observant for a photographer, in my defense, the frog remained absolutely still.
The remaining images are from this year’s bloom at Hillsborough River State Park. There are so many, the photographic choices are overwhelming. I usually start broadly in order to place the flowers in context of their environment. I then slowly narrow my focus, as I work the area, to individual flowers, parts of individual flowers, and then finally, in this case, a dew drop against a flower petal.
I’ve envisioned the dew drop photo for some time, but needed the right conditions – vibrant flowers, overcast skies, no wind or motion, and finally…dew or rain drops.