Golden Ragwort, Green and Blue

golden ragwort
Golden Ragwort Blue

These tiny daisies are an early spring wildflower, golden ragwort, that grow in clusters or umbels atop a long stem. Typically they grow in the woods under the tree canopy where any extra height will get a plant more sun before the trees fill with leaves.

You can see water droplets on the flowers, and I took these two photos on a rainy day. I did not use a flash, only natural light, but I used two different lenses. Sometimes, if I get the angle right, the background, filled with cool light from the rain and a bit of mist, will contrast with the foreground, in this case bright yellow, and I’ll get that neat indigo background.

I also used two different lenses for these to photos. For the top photo I used a shorter focal, 70mm, to isolate the flowers from their background. For the photo below I used my 80-300mm set at 300mm. That long lens makes photos darker, and I also use it to soften things around the edges, hence the greener and softer photo below. I like them both.

golden ragwort
Golden Ragwort Green
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