I was last walking along the trails of Folsom Lake near Browns Ravine a few days ago. There were a few ideas I wanted to shoot using the veined leaves of the Thistle plant. As is sometimes the case, the primary planned compositions do not capture what was envisioned in my mind.
The great thing about being at a lake in the spring on a late afternoon midweek is the view and nearly having the place to yourself – except for the noisy Canadian Geese in the distance. All the same, there is something to be said to be away from it all, even for just an hour or two. For those living in the area, there are lakes, trails, hillsides (or even a backyard garden) literally a few minutes away – less if we are talking about a backyard. Pull yourself away from the cell phone, television, computer, or whatever electronics device for a few minutes and breathe in actual outdoor air.
Plant Notes: It is a bit ironic that I will now talk about a plant that may, in fact, be very deadly. I believe budding flowers in this photograph are of the White Camas (Zigadenus), also known as the Death Camas. As the name suggests, the entire plant is poisonous and ingestion leads to death to animals and humans alike. Of course it would make sense (more irony here) that the Common Camus, which typically have blue violet flowers, are a bulb onion, safe to eat, and were an important food source for Native Americans.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, spot metering mode, ISO100, 35mm (prime lens), f/3.5, 1/20 sec
El Dorado Hills (CA), Camas Flower, Isolated, Monochrome. Browns Ravine, Folsom Lake, El Dorado Hills, CA. March 29, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.