“Bloodroot in Spring” by Robin Conover
Canon EOS 50D, 70-200 mm, 2.8 L-series lens,
Bogen tripod, ISO 100, ƒ5.0 at 1/500 sec.
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s exquisite writings of nature always leave a visual impression in my mind. I think of the quote below every spring as the first wildflowers emerge from the dormant, monochrome palette of winter. The landscape begins to joyfully come back to life one vibrant speck of color at a time.
“The Earth laughs in flowers.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson’s ability to, in just a few words, express the moods of nature inspires me. His writings lead me to the woods to capture images that will also evoke strong emotions and impart what nature is to me.
Early morning is one of my favorite times to be outside. If the weather cooperates, it’s the best part of the day to photograph delicate spring blooms. As the sun rises, the reflections of the first light may appear in dew droplets, and specs of pollen may be visible as the blooms open.
The landscape seems so still and quiet just before sunrise. You never know exactly what you will find, but it’s always worth the trip.
Bloodroot is one of the first you’ll see in late March in Tennessee.