Montana Outdoors

June 15, 2018

Three-spot Mariposa Lily (or) Pointed Tip Mariposa Lily

Three-spot Mariposa Lily, Pointed Tip Mariposa Lily

Pointed Tip Mariposa Lily ~ calochortus apiculatus

I have photographed this species many times but was never able to capture all of the different colors at its center until today. This one was growing in deep shade and I used some rather ridiculous camera settings: aperture priority with an aperture of f/32 and a -2 EV exposure bias and the on-board flash with flash compensation also set at -2.

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  1. Works of art – the flower and the photo!

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — June 15, 2018 @ 11:49 pm

  2. Lovely is nature’s creation!

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — June 16, 2018 @ 12:48 am

    • They are indeed. I know of nothing that compares to Nature’s beauty.

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      Comment by montucky — June 16, 2018 @ 9:07 am

  3. Amazing detail!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 16, 2018 @ 7:45 am

    • There is not much that can compare to Nature’s flowers. I’m not a fan of most of our recent technology, but I make an exception when it comes to digital cameras and the lenses that are available that let us see those beautiful l;ittle details.

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      Comment by montucky — June 16, 2018 @ 9:17 am

  4. Hi Montucky, What a pretty photo of that bloom. Gorgeous center and I like how the little hair growths show as well as the bluish purple areas. Good job! Have a super weekend!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 16, 2018 @ 12:45 pm

    • Thanks Wildlifewatcher. I hope you have a nice weekend too!

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      Comment by montucky — June 17, 2018 @ 8:04 am

  5. It worked! That’s a pretty but unusual flower. It reminds me of a trillium because of its threes.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 16, 2018 @ 4:03 pm

    • There are several species of this flower here. This is the most common. I’ve found the prettiest one only in a high area of the Coeur d’Alene mountains , but that place was destroyed in last year’s fire. The road is now blocked by a rock slide though and I can’t get up there to see if the flowers survived.

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      Comment by montucky — June 17, 2018 @ 8:07 am

  6. You did extremely well in capturing that beautiful centre (of the Lily) 🙂

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    Comment by Vicki — June 16, 2018 @ 10:17 pm

    • The petals on that one are pretty ragged, but the center was still intact and colorful.

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      Comment by montucky — June 17, 2018 @ 8:14 am

  7. The good thing is that those settings worked. This is one case where flash saved the day.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — June 17, 2018 @ 9:55 am

    • I often use a slight fill flash because of the shadows created by the flower petals.

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      Comment by montucky — June 17, 2018 @ 2:16 pm

  8. I stopped when I read f/32. I don’t think my camera will do that. But at least I understood the concept, and know how to adjust EV and the flash settings. More experimentation is called for! The result certainly was worth it. That’s a beautiful flower, and so well presented. Besides, what are a few ragged petals among friends?

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    Comment by shoreacres — June 17, 2018 @ 4:56 pm

  9. I praise again Your photo.

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    Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2018 @ 12:51 am

    • Thanks Matti! I’m happy that I could show all of the color in that little blossom.

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2018 @ 7:11 pm

  10. Great shot of all the colors in it!

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    Comment by Candace — June 22, 2018 @ 8:53 pm

    • It’s unusual because of all those different colors. It usually hides some colors behind the hair.

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      Comment by montucky — June 22, 2018 @ 9:13 pm

  11. Your ridiculous camera settings worked wonderfully!!

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — June 25, 2018 @ 6:45 pm


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