Iris Bloom 2014

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.

Green Tree Frog and Iris. Nikon 300 DSLR, Tamron 150-500mm f5.0-6.0 at 500mm. ©CHUCK LOCKETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Green Tree Frog and Iris. Nikon 300 DSLR, Tamron 150-500mm f5.0-6.0 at 500mm. ©CHUCK LOCKETT PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

Iris. Nikon D800 DSLR, Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8, Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, Really Right Stuff TVC34L Tripod, Kirk BH-1 Ballhead . ©CHUCK LOCKETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Iris. Nikon D800 DSLR, Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8, Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, Really Right Stuff TVC34L Tripod, Kirk BH-1 Ballhead . ©CHUCK LOCKETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Iris. Nikon D800 DSLR, Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8, Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, Really Right Stuff TVC34L Tripod, Kirk BH-1 Ballhead . ©CHUCK LOCKETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Iris. Nikon D800 DSLR, Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8, Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, Really Right Stuff TVC34L Tripod, Kirk BH-1 Ballhead . ©CHUCK LOCKETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Iris. Nikon D800 DSLR, Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8, Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, Really Right Stuff TVC34L Tripod, Kirk BH-1 Ballhead . ©CHUCK LOCKETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Iris. Nikon D800 DSLR, Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8, Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, Really Right Stuff TVC34L Tripod, Kirk BH-1 Ballhead . ©CHUCK LOCKETT PHOTOGRAPHY

 

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.

Iris and Dew Drop. Nikon D800 DSLR, Nikkor 200mm f4.0 Micro, Really Right Stuff TVC34L Tripod, Kirk BH-1 Ballhead . ©CHUCK LOCKETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Iris and Dew Drop. Nikon D800 DSLR, Nikkor 200mm f4.0 Micro, Really Right Stuff TVC34L Tripod, Kirk BH-1 Ballhead . ©CHUCK LOCKETT PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Iris and Dew Drop. Nikon D800 DSLR, Nikkor 200mm f4.0 Micro, Really Right Stuff TVC34L Tripod, Kirk BH-1 Ballhead . ©CHUCK LOCKETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Iris and Dew Drop. Nikon D800 DSLR, Nikkor 200mm f4.0 Micro, Really Right Stuff TVC34L Tripod, Kirk BH-1 Ballhead . ©CHUCK LOCKETT PHOTOGRAPHY

 

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One Comment

  1. Renee March 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    LOVE the photos! Thanks for sharing

    From: Chuck Lockett Photo Reply-To: Chuck Lockett Photo Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7:57 PM To: Pauli Mari Subject: [New post] Iris Bloom 2014

    WordPress.com lockettphoto posted: “As the 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 p”

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