26 May 17 The record setting snowfall I mentioned back in February when I visited the park had many effects other than giving the animals a real challenge. One of them was providing for a very wet spring as the snow melted resulting in wonderful display of early alpine flowers. I only wish I was going back to visit in late spring/early summer to see the full effect but I'm not willing to deal with the crowds to do so. This visit we saw many wild flowers we've never before seen, and others which we see all the time. However, some of these more common flowers which we see regularly were far more abundant frequently carpeting the ground. One of my favorite alpine flowers is the Avalanche Lily and I found many, many fields of them. Most of the ones I've encountered in the Yellowstone ecosystem reside between 6,000 and 7,000 feet altitude, or at least that's where I've located them. In the past we've found them as individual plants in small groups of 3 to 6 or so. This time around we found them in groupings of hundreds. Roughly 4" in height, with an arched over blossom, they are easily missed and a bit challenging to photograph properly in the wild in their natural state. I got down prone on the ground to get this shot of an individual plant but you still can't see the face of the flower. That would necessitate either incorporating a mirror, "assisting" the plant to re-position the blossom, or bringing it into the studio to "adjust" its position to display. This is how it looks in the wild and you can imagine a field of these tiny plants showing off in the sunlight.
This is a straight from the camera shot. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture priority; ISO 200; 1/320 sec @ f / 8.
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