Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

June 2, 2012

Flower Time

Filed under: Boyce Thompson Arboretum, favorite places, Non Birds — richditch @ 8:57 am
Boyce Flower


Well, summer is definitely here in Phoenix and  bird photography is getting less productive locally. I did make a visit to the wonderful Boyce Thompson Arboretum state park near Superior, AZ, three days ago chasing a rare bird seen and photographed by a friend a couple days before, but I wasn’t able to find the bird. I ended up spending more time on the flowers than on the birds.

Mexican Hats

Mexican Hats

I lucked out with no breezes to deal with plus very soft light where some flowers were still out of the direct sun. I didn’t want to loose the moment by hiking back to my car for a shorter lens and appropriate tripod/head combination so i just worked with my normal bird set-up of 300/2.8 lens and 2x converter on my large Gitzo tripod with gimbal head.

I concentrated on the soft colors and tried to stay with my style of habitat that I prefer to use with my avian subjects. I ended up shooting at ISO 400, f/8, and 1/30th – 1/40th second shutter speeds.

I like the overall softness of the colors here and am happy with my results. If I can find the energy to get up at 4:30 am one day this coming week I hope to return to see what I can do with more mobile gear, but as with all outdoor subjects I don’t expect to have the same combination of conditions that made this morning so enjoyable. If I don’t go back, though, I’ll never know.



  1. Rich, I am sorry you didn’t find the rare bird but I would have been happy to come away with these images of the Gaillardia and the Mexican Hat flowers. Lovely soft light & colors!

    Comment by Mia McPherson — June 2, 2012 @ 9:04 am

  2. Absolutely beautiful colors, thank you for posting these. Keep up the great work!

    Comment by Aaron Cohen Photography — June 4, 2012 @ 6:02 am

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