While hiking on a trail not far from the red mountain laurel, I discovered another flower that I had never seen before. Luckily the subject in Black Rock Mountain Trillium was right next to the stairs and not too far from the trail head which made it easy to get to after returning to my car and gathering my gear. I like the arcs and curls as well as the random sprinkling of color between the yellow strips of pollen on the stamen. The high level of detail allows surface textures, individual hairs, and pieces of pollen to be seen.
The change of perspective in my Beckon piece makes the curls seem as if they are drawing you in or subtly calling out, asking you to come closer. Their curvature creates a sense of pulling towards the center of the flower. The high level of detail allows surface textures, individual hairs, and pieces of pollen to be seen here as well.
A large swath of color caught my eye while out exploring the area during a long weekend stay in a cabin at Black Rock Mountain State Park in Mountain City, GA. Upon closer inspection, I was pleasantly surprised to find blooming mountain laurel especially in an unfamiliar color. I have seen both white and pink here in South Carolina and in the mountains of North Carolina, but the color in my Red Mountain Laurel piece was a new variety of the much beloved little flowers. Because they bloom in clumps that are roughly spherical (i.e., there can be several inches of distance between a flower in front and one on the side) and their cups can be relatively deep when working with a very shallow depth of field, a frame filing composition with sharp focus throughout can be challenging to find. I was able to resolve that issue by concentrating on a smaller group within a bloom that had a fairly full complement of flowers and buds. The high level of detail allows surface textures to be seen.