Montana Outdoors

May 2, 2010

Early blue violets

Despite the recent cold weather and clouds, new wildflower species begin blooming every day now. (I was afraid that I had missed these: I’ll try to keep up!)

Early blue violetHookedspur violet, Early blue violet, Viola adunca, Violet family

Early blue violet

(I couldn’t decide which to post. These were taken one minute apart; the first at 1/60 sec, f40 with flash; the second at 1/15 sec, f11 with no flash.)


  1. Both photos are lovely. Such a pretty blue.


    Comment by kateri — May 2, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

    • I almost seems that each wildflower, as it blooms, is my favorite. I know where some yellow ones bloom too, but they come later.


      Comment by montucky — May 2, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

  2. Very nice photo those both two. I always, when situation it requres, take also photos with flash and without. I have noticed that in some cases photos without flash are better, but not always.

    Inside churches I use ISO 3200 setting to take photos to preserve ambiance.

    In Your case I prefer the the second photo from this flower which can be found here also.


    Comment by sartenada — May 2, 2010 @ 10:58 pm

    • I usually take photos with different setups too. I have no tripod that works for photographing small wildflowers and by using flash I can use a fast enough shutter speed to get a fairly good hand-held image with a large f-stop. It does often make a difference in the colors though and I prefer accurate color.


      Comment by montucky — May 3, 2010 @ 9:03 am

  3. I like the second on. The added depth of field lets me look right into the flower. Beautiful!


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — May 3, 2010 @ 9:07 am

    • I think the color is more accurate in the second one too.


      Comment by montucky — May 3, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

  4. I like the second one best. Probably because rarely use a flash.

    New things are blooming everyday here, too. I want to go down in the woods to see if the starflowers are blooming, but spring turkey season started today. I might slip down anyway, for a second!


    Comment by sandy — May 3, 2010 @ 10:14 am

    • You must have lot of hunters in the woods then? Our season is open too, but here one hardly sees the hunters, they are spread out so much and I ignore turkey season.

      I tend to shoot a lot in low light and so use flash quite a bit. Nearly everything I shoot is hand held.


      Comment by montucky — May 3, 2010 @ 4:04 pm

  5. How beautiful! These are my favorites, so bright in blue-violet, and yet small and fragile.


    Comment by Anna Surface — May 3, 2010 @ 10:24 am

    • I love these too, for those reasons. They also seem so “at home” in the edge of the forest.


      Comment by montucky — May 3, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

  6. These are so gorgeous and dainty!


    Comment by Barbara — May 3, 2010 @ 11:33 am

    • Yes, they are very pretty little things. I like the blues better than the yellows, but the white ones are pretty special too.


      Comment by montucky — May 3, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

  7. and both shots are very pretty! I guess the second looks more “natural” but the first seems to accentuate the violets more. always good to do two (or more!)


    Comment by silken — May 3, 2010 @ 11:53 am

    • I’ve learned to take more shots than I used to, but invariably by the time I get home I’ve thought of several things I didn’t try. Maybe some day…


      Comment by montucky — May 3, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

  8. Lovely color. I try not to use flash but yours doesn’t have that garish look my flash photos usually have. Generally, as you know, one doesn’t need flash much outdoors in AZ 🙂


    Comment by Candace — May 3, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

    • I remember how bright it always in in Arizona. The bright days are the hardest to shoot though for wildflowers. Most of the time on close ups I use flash compensation to help cut down on the harshness.


      Comment by montucky — May 3, 2010 @ 11:31 pm

  9. Beautiful subject and capture! The colors are so rich.


    Comment by victry1 — May 4, 2010 @ 8:22 am

  10. they are both beautiful. it would have been a hard choice for me to choose one over the other as each one has unique beauty from the other one.


    Comment by Tammie — May 4, 2010 @ 9:59 am

    • Thank you Tammie! It’s often difficult for me to choose, too. I always try to capture with the camera as closely as I can to what my eye sees, but later I’m not always sure. Thank you for the visit!


      Comment by montucky — May 4, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

  11. Desperately need a picture of a viola palmata seed for school project, ideas?


    Comment by Anonymous — December 15, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

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