Featured for May: April showers, May flowers?

If there’s any truth to the old English proverb “April showers bring May flowers” it will be a very colorful month of May where I live in Central Ohio. April has been a rainy, muddy, flooded (and cold) mess.

So maybe I’ll get to add some new photos of flowers to my files in May.

I do occasionally set out to photograph flowers, putting a macro (close-up) lens on my camera to grab some flower shots in our yard. But most of my flower photographs are what I would call non-traditional captures.

Those non-traditional flower photos are the ones I capture when I’m out shooting wildlife. Instead of using a macro lens and getting very close to the flowers, I’m using the very long, very heavy 600 millimeter super-telephoto lens that I carry to photograph distant birds. I’m standing 15 to 20 feet away from the flowers when I press the camera’s shutter release button.

It’s an odd way to do close-up photography, but it works for me.

I’ll be hiking through a field on a spring or summer morning, looking for birds to photograph, when a flower, or maybe a group of flowers, catches my attention. Sometimes it’s because of how the color of the flower contrasts with its surroundings. Sometimes it’s because of the way the morning sun highlights the flower. And sometimes it’s because the flower is isolated from its surroundings in a way that makes it stand out.

Whatever the reason, I usually return from a wildlife photo hike with at least one photo of flowers.

I add a new featured gallery the first of each month. The numbers in the gallery title represent the month and year it was featured. Last month’s featured gallery, with photos from Keeneland, the historic horse race track in Lexington, Ky., has been moved to my featured gallery archives.

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