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Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 14 June 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

I saw my first columbine while backpacking in the High Sierra back in the 60s. So they always bring fond memories. It was only much later that I found out that they came in different colors.
ADDENDUM - The Willamette Photo Arts Guild (my club) is sponsoring a major exhibit this November at Oregon State University. The title is "A Journey Through Oregon in Black-and-White: Along Rivers, Roads, and Rails." The two requirements for photographs submitted is that they must be in B&W, and they must reflect the state of Oregon (industry, history, art, landscape, etc.). The members of our club are bringing to the next meeting examples of this theme. I decided to print yesterday's post. It, like most of my B&W work, looks better as a print than it does on the monitor.

"Every thing you need to know you will know, when you need to know it if you choose to simply be present at the time you first experience it." Tad Z. Danieleweski

NIKON D300 1/640 second F/6.3 ISO 400 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

Nicole from Komono, Japan

Simply beautiful! I love the contrast with the bright colors and the black background.

14 Jun 2009 5:20am

@Nicole: Thank you, Nicole.

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

This is quite beautiful, Jack. Such bold, bright color. Love!!

14 Jun 2009 5:34am

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Beautiful. Wonderful colors.

14 Jun 2009 5:38am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Beautiful colors and love the background.

14 Jun 2009 5:53am

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A wonderful flower-image , well done !

14 Jun 2009 6:36am

lydia from Paris, France

Beautiful Columbine , she looks like a star dancer !!

14 Jun 2009 6:46am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Je n'en ai jamais vu de rouge ici en France, seulement blanches, roses ou bleues. Intéressante couleur pour une jolie fleur que j'aime beaucoup

14 Jun 2009 7:36am

@Marie LC: This is the most common color in the American West. I am finding out that it exists throughout the world.

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

De toute beauté magnifique

14 Jun 2009 8:55am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

what a beautiful plant - so delicate and intense

14 Jun 2009 10:33am

Shutterbug from Chennai, India

love the colours and lighting here...

14 Jun 2009 10:50am

zOOm from Paris, France

Stunning colors Jack ! A gorgeous flower, so unusual.

14 Jun 2009 11:02am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Lovely Columbine. There is something magical about finding wildflowers.
I hopw some of your images are selected for the upcoming show. B&W often look better in print--one can see the beauty of all the shades from white to black.

14 Jun 2009 11:16am

ninni from Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Nice bright and clear colours! It looks like a relative to a flower we use to have in our garden here in Sweden, Akleja Aquilegia vulgaris

14 Jun 2009 11:33am

@ninni: That is indeed the botanical name for this flower. It comes in a variety of colors, but this is the most common color in the American West.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Amazing colors. I like the sharpness and composition too.

14 Jun 2009 12:47pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

This is gorgeous ... my personal favorites are the blue ones. :D

14 Jun 2009 12:48pm

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

I have some shots of purple and white columbine. Like the orange better. Very intricate little flowers. Unfortunately for many the American connotation of the word "columbine" doesn't relate to the beauty of the flower.

14 Jun 2009 1:03pm

Leena from Joensuu, Finland

So very beautiful photo!
These flowers are growing all over our garden almost like as wild flowers. They are quite vital plants.

14 Jun 2009 1:04pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Great shot! beautiful contrasting colors, and of course, your signature tack-sharp focus.
(I did not realize they came in different colors till last year!) I guess gardening is not my thing :)

14 Jun 2009 1:18pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Une très belle macro! Des superbes couleurs vives!

14 Jun 2009 2:04pm

don from spokane, United States

A gorgeous blossom. I like its "dangling" look and its rich color. I can readily see why this flower would be associated with past good times. Nice shot. An interesting upcoming B&W show.

14 Jun 2009 2:12pm

Ajay from Pune, India

Beautiful is just a word this shot left far behind long ago.

14 Jun 2009 2:16pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Magnificent detail, color and DOF. My first thought was how this bloom hangs like a jewel from nature.
The upcoming exhibit sounds like a great thing to look forward to. Your B&W's will definitely get attention.

14 Jun 2009 2:35pm

Xavier from Troyes, France

Great graphic result, this is a really beautiful picture !

14 Jun 2009 2:39pm

observing from North West, United Kingdom

Tremendous shot Jack, it really is top-class.

14 Jun 2009 3:43pm

k@ from Paris, France

As if bending her knee to the invisible king ! (you ? :)

14 Jun 2009 3:52pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautiful shot the way it's framed....with that additional hint of color in the background!!1 Great work.....and that exhibition sounds like'll have to let us know how it goes!!!

14 Jun 2009 3:56pm

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

Fantastic close-up.

14 Jun 2009 5:30pm

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

Brilliant closeup ! Great colors !

14 Jun 2009 6:04pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a great flower ,jack ,wonderful !

14 Jun 2009 6:22pm

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Oh, this is just too good! Excellent!!!

14 Jun 2009 6:22pm

laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

So beautiful !

14 Jun 2009 7:30pm

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Beautiful!!!! Love the colors...

14 Jun 2009 10:20pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

simply perfect!! 5 stars!

14 Jun 2009 11:46pm

JamesC from portland, United States

Like it paired, echo in the back.

15 Jun 2009 12:11am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Super composition and colors.

15 Jun 2009 1:57am

Chris Parr from Jefferson City, United States


15 Jun 2009 2:02am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

This is so the colour and contrasts.

15 Jun 2009 4:57am

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Lovely... very beautiful details and red-greens...

15 Jun 2009 2:01pm

linus. from Singapore, Singapore

woah nice..

15 Jun 2009 3:51pm

Manel from Girona, Spain

Nice perfect macro

16 Jun 2009 6:22am

Sarah from Switzerland

Perfection. Five ++++ stars.

16 Jun 2009 9:35am

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

Perfect selective focus Jack! Great job!

16 Jun 2009 9:00pm

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Marvelous shot Jack. Every day for a week now I have to walk thru a patch of these flowers. If only I could have my camera with me. They are just about done blooming up here now.

21 Jun 2009 3:39am

Fernand from Clabecq, Belgium

Très belle photo avec une belle saturation des couleurs.

10 Nov 2010 3:55pm