The last time I was down at the Red Cedar Trail I couldn’t find many Pale Touch-me-nots. On a recent trip I found a lot of them blooming along the trail.
The Touch-me-nots are blooming along the Red Cedar State Trail. They are the most prolific Flower this time of year. They are a bit difficult to photograph because they grow in a tangled mass of flowers. I like to photograph them covered in dew but there wasn’t a lot of dew on this day. I also like to use a photo stacking technique so I can separate the flower from the background. On this day most of them were Spotted Touch-me-nots with only a few Pale Touch-me-nots.
On several recent walks I’ve managed to photograph a number of flowers. The Touch-me-nots are all over the place. The Groundnuts are a little harder to spot.
On several walks along the trail I’ve managed to capture photos of some of the flowers. The Touch-me-nots are in bloom along the trail and cover the hillsides.
It’s that time of year when the Touch-me-nots are blooming along the Red Cedar Trail. Since they grow in a tangled mass it is difficult to photograph them in isolation. Ideal conditions are after a heavy dew and with no wind blowing. The Pale touch-me-nots were the most common with a few Spotted touch-me-nots around.
It’s been a tough summer to photograph Touch-me-nots. I like to photograph them when they are covered with dew. I also like to photograph them with multiple shots then stack the shots so I can separate the flowers from the background. They are hard to photograph because they grow so thick that it is difficult to get to them without disturbing the flower or the dew. Unfortunately the DNR has mowed along the Red Cedar Trail so the flowers close to the trail which were easy to photograph have been mowed down. Still I’ve managed a few photos from several trips to the Trail.
On several walks along the Red Cedar Trail I’ve been able to photograph a number of insects.
It’s the time of the year when the Touch-me-nots are in bloom in great numbers along the red Cedar State Trail. I like to try and photograph them early in the morning when they are covered with dew.
As we inch toward fall there are not a lot of flowers around to photograph. Most of the summer flowers came and went quickly and the few fall flowers around are coming early. This is the time of year I like to hike along the Red Cedar State Trail to photograph the spotted and pale Touch-me-nots. It’s been a challenge this year.
I like to try and photograph them when they are covered by heavy dew but they started blooming early this year. Normally they peak the end of August and the first part of September. Because of the early bloom we have not had many days when the flowers have been covered by dew. I have the added problem that I live on a ridge about 10 miles from the Red Cedar Trail so it’s difficult for me to determine if there is a heavy dew out. I usually ask my wife to report back after she drives along the river on her way to work.
An added problem this year has been the constant wind. We seem to have had wind all spring and summer this year. Wind eliminates the heavy dew and makes it difficult to photograph the small flowers. Touch-me-nots typically grow in a dense tangle of flowers so in order to photograph them it is usually necessary to take multiple shots of the flower. To do this I use as short a depth of field as possible then take multiple shots changing the focus slightly with each shot. This allows me to get the entire flower in focus while eliminating other flowers and the dense vegetation. Once I load them onto my computer I combine the multiple shots into a single image using a program called Helicon Focus. Unfortunately this only works if there is no wind blowing. If the wind is blowing you will get an image with ghosting.
An added problem just about every year is the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Typically they mow one swath along each side of the trail during the early summer. Unfortunately about midsummer they mow a double swath along the trail. This forces me to move deeper into the tangled mass of flowers to get a shot. It makes it difficult to get the tripod situated without knocking the dew off of the flowers or creating movement.
In spite of the challenges I have been able to get a few photos so far this year.