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22 May 15. With the greater Yellowstone ecosystem having experienced a very mild winter, we were treated to an early bloom of the native wild flowers. Only a small number had started to bloom, but in the past the numbers we've seen hovered around two. This trip we experienced over a dozen, and in places they were in full display. One of the alpine flowers I really like is the Avalanche Lily, a diminutive gem that comes in two colors and two names, the other being Glacier Lily which is what they are commonly called in the Yellowstone area. We have them here in our alpine regions, more typically white then yellow, while yellow was the only color we saw in the park areas. The flower is not much bigger than a silver dollar, for those of you who may remember such coinage, and the stalks can range from 6" to maybe 16" although almost all of them I've encountered were very close to the 6" variety. We found seeds for sale but as we live almost at sea level, I opted out of that purchase thinking that it is unlikely they would do well where we are. I might buy some next year and plant them around the condo, although with our frequent travelers roaming the area I doubt that they would escape those busy tongues.
I severely cropped the original shot from its portrait format to a landscape format as the flowers at the bottom of the capture were all very soft. We were shooting on a very windy day, the flowers were quite spread out, and I was lucky to get as many in focus as I did. I next adjusted for max tonality and then best color, and finished up by adding a bit of micro contrast adjustment. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/500 sec @ f / 8.