The things we photographers do to get the shot.
|Lupine fills the plain, except in the tire tracks
|Paintbrush was thick here
|A little flower garden
However, the lupine bloom photos continued to show up on my Facebook feed until finally I caved. I couldn't miss this rare event! Devising a plan to travel there after a morning doctor appointment, in order to break up the long drive, I decided to sleep overnight in my car.
|Paintbrush, up close and personal
|Spirit Lake (that red dot in the middle is a person)
|The beginning of the superbloom
So off I went, hustling down the 2-mile gravel road to access the flower trails. Although it was a warm mid-afternoon I covered the boring road walk relatively quickly. My excitement began to mount as I rounded a corner and got my first glimpse of MSH's flattened summit.
|Looking towards the lava dome
|These flowers were dwarf lupine
|No, the mountain wasn't erupting - winds at the summit stirred up dust
|Field of purple
|Purple as far as the eye can see!
|Superbloom and Spirit Lake
|My flower-lined trail
And so it was - hiking along the Boundary Trail I traveled through the most amazing bloom of lupine I've ever seen anywhere.
|The late evening sun made for spectacular lighting
|Paintbrush mixed in with the lupine
So I kind of hustled through the last mile of the lupine bloom. In hindsight, I really wish I would've taken more time. But the thought of hiking out in the dark was a great motivator. Arriving back at the trail junction near the gravel access road I met at least two groups of people and one lone woman who were all hiking in at this late hour. It appeared they all planned to capture the sunset.
|Downed trail marker
|Lavender fields forever.....
|Final look as I puffed up the gravel road
Those of you who admire the pictures we photographers share now have an idea of the effort that goes into getting these amazing scenery shots. It often involves long drives, late nights, early mornings, hikes in the heat or cold, and time spent sitting waiting for the sun to rise or set. It also requires large investments in camera equipment and photo editing software, as well as lots of time spent learning how to use both. Finally, with every photoshoot comes hours of post-processing - sorting and choosing the photos to edit, and then spending more time editing each image until it becomes the amazing final product you enjoy viewing.
So please, please don't copy any photographers images without permission. We work very hard to create these works of art. All photographs are the property of the person who captured them (and are often copyrighted). I enjoy sharing my pictures online and hope they bring joy to those who view. However, if you are interested in obtaining one of my photos, please ask!