Blue Columbine (Aquilegia coerulea) in the Lima Peaks

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Comments (13)

Marilyn Whiteley on July 23, 2008

Light blue below and deep blue above and mountains and wide open space between--a beautiful photo, Eve.

It also reminds me of my father's attempts to take pictures of columbine on a trip to Colorado many decades ago. He had an Argus C-3 and Kodachrome. Trying to measure the distance to the columbine swaying in the wind and trying to account for parallax ... How he would love your picture as I do! Marilyn

walkaboutwest on July 23, 2008

Thank you so much, Marilyn. That is a great complement you pay me regarding your father. I especially love the columbines in this area as they are the huge blue and white ones, which are relatively rare in western Montana. I usually see the smaller yellow, or yellow and pink species that grow near trees.

I was using a wide angle lens (10-22mm), which tends to give me great depth of field, especially in bright light. I closed the aperture as much as I could while still maintaining a very fast speed. It was hard to freeze the action as a stiff breeze was blowing. I have lots of blurry photos from that day! Thanks for visiting, Eve

ArdenZ on July 23, 2008

Beautiful shot, Eve! Such a wonderful composition!

walkaboutwest on July 23, 2008

ArdenZ, thanks for your positive comments!

Manfred1220 on July 23, 2008

Also this photo is of breath-taking beauty! Manfred

Сувајац on July 24, 2008

Wonderful picture! I've added it to my favourites. Greetings, Suvajac.

walkaboutwest on July 24, 2008

I appreciate your complement, Manfred.

Thank you so much for the yellow star, Suvajac!

Angelmaximo .RA on July 25, 2008

Beautiful landscape and shot. Greetings from Cordoba - Argentina.

Hank Waxman on July 27, 2008

Hi Eve. It's good to see you posting as I always looked forward to seeing your work. This is a wonderful shot, and from your comments realting to lens and aperture selection, you really worked at getting this right. You were successful; it's excellent.


H. A. on August 16, 2008

wunderschön. Solche Blüten in dieser Landschaft, einmalig! Gruß aus Germany, Herta

walkaboutwest on August 16, 2008

Thank you for visiting my gallery, Angelmaximo.

Hi Hank, hope your summer is going well. Sorry it's taken me so long to reply, I haven't been able to spend much time here for awhile. Thanks for your comments, and I'm glad you found the discussion interesting. Eve

Vielen Dank für Ihre netten Kommentare, Herta. Grüße aus Montana, Eve

Robert•Newsome on December 22, 2008

Just plain beautiful.

Mariko Ryer on January 4, 2009

Another one OOOOOooooOOOOOooooooo my mom would love this shot!!! I wish we could grow columbines like this in our garden.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 22, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by walkaboutwest
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
    • Taken on 2008/07/09 15:41:11
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 10.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/13.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash