Jan. 19, 2020

Wind!

This is the raw version of the shot on the wildflower page. The direction of the leaves gives a hint of how much wind there was.
You can see the number one technique for managing wind. It's so easy to reach out and grab. My other favorite is a split stick. There's almost always a dead branch around. You can break them off to the right length, and split one end. Use that to pinch the stem, and jam the other end in the ground. But fingers and sticks have their limits. You don't want either in the picture. By the time you're far enough down the stem, there's still a lot of wiggle room. Managing the wind is the toughest part of taking a close pictures of flowers. And always carry a pocket knife if you're going to be splitting sticks.