Spring Sprung

two bloodroot photo

Twin Bloodroot, Clinton River Park North, Sterling Heights, MI | Nikon D800, 200mm macro, Silver Efex Pro 2

Well, whaddayaknow, Spring will be coming to Michigan after all.  After hitting the record snowfall mark in Detroit just last week, there were doubts.   Spring energy is certainly in the air now, and wildflowers are reaching up with some pent-up energy.   Snow be damned.    Of course now I have to wish it would put on the brakes a bit, as it is 80F outside right now.

I started out this year just like any other when approaching wildflowers, wanting to do something different than I have done before.   It is getting harder to REMEMBER what I have done before.   After such a long, hard winter, it is tough to resist the temptation of color.  For these initial photographs, the need to portray these early spring wildflowers different than I have shown them before was a stronger force.  

Another part is just getting out in the woods to see whats what.   Mostly I find myself just wandering until something catches my eye.   It doesn’t result in a lot of photographs made, but it does help just taking the environment in.   Since I have photographed many of these wildflowers before, I now find myself being quite picky about what situation I want to stop for.

This week I hope to visit some new spots I explored for the first time last fall, to see what they have to offer for Spring.

Bloodroot abstract photo

Bloodroot multiple exposure | Nikon D800, 200mm macro, Silver Efex Pro 2



  1. I really like the twin bloodroot image, Mark. Nice effect and conversion.
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  2. I’m not a big fan of flower photography but… wow! I like these.
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  3. Steve, Cedric – thanks.

  4. Mark, you sure you didn’t drive out of state to find these flowers? :-) Well done!
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  5. Great choice, Mark, to do these in B&W. I’m glad to hear that spring has finally sprung in Michigan!
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  6. I do this most of the year, “Mostly I find myself just wandering until something catches my eye.” I noticed flowers popping up in Arches a couple of weeks ago. It does bring a smile to the face when we see that. Love the bloodroot image.
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  7. Beautiful work Mark love the b&w conversion in these !!
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  8. Ditto what Cedric said. The first one is superb. I love how the flowers stand out against the dark background. Wonderful use of contrast.

  9. These are stunning!

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