The Spring Colors Gallery

     The semi-arid climate of the Colorado front range supports only a limited range of natural plant life, and landscapers everywhere prefer the hardy and generally
     drought-tolerant crabapple tree, and similar hybrid decoratives, for spring flora and summer-to-fall foliage. In 2010, an unusual combination of a cool, wet spring
     followed by temperate weather caused the trees and shrubbery to fully bloom ahead of full leaf production, producing a spectacular display on every tree and shrub.
     Most of the shots in this gallery were taken in 2010 near Golden, Colorado.

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
   Tangle Trunk (Golden, CO)    Primary Colors (Golden, CO)    Flagrantly Fuschia (Brighton, CO)    Touched by the Frost (Lakewood, CO)    Buttered Popcorn (Golden, CO)    Pretty in Pink (Golden, CO)    Skyward Bound (Golden, CO)    Intense Contrast (Golden, CO)    Spring Snow (Golden, CO)    The Bumbling Bee (Golden, CO)
  The sargent crabapple takes on a few colors,
  with the brilliant white blooms of the "Select A"
  being one of the most common sites during a
  Colorado spring. The smooth red bark accents
  a colorful tangle of branches in the background.
      (April 29, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS Rebel XS
Lens type:  Canon EF 50mm f/1.8-II
Focal Lng.:  50mm
Aperture:  f/3.2
Exposure:  1/500 sec
ISO Speed:  200
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  The spindly twigs and delicate blossoms of
  a young "Western Sand Cherry" contrast with
  evergreen leaves and blue sky in the background.
  The characteristic purple leaves are forming,
  but will gradually take hints of dark green
  in response to direct sunlight exposure.
      (May 4, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS Rebel XS
Lens type:  Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Focal Lng.:  50mm
Aperture:  f/3.5
Exposure:  1/800 sec
ISO Speed:  200
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  Unlike some of its brightly-colored relations,
  the "Prairie Fire" crabapple tree's blossoms are
  not prone to fading as the petals open, causing
  this variety to produce a highly visible display
  throughout the entire flowering phase.
      (May 2, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS Rebel XS
Lens type:  Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Focal Lng.:  33mm
Aperture:  f/5.0
Exposure:  1/320 sec
ISO Speed:  200
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  Another "Select A" sargent crabapple, bitten by
  a mild overnight frost that began with rain and
  turned to light snowfall.
      (April 13, 2011)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Canon EF-6 60mm f/2.8 Macro
Focal Lng.:  60mm
Aperture:  f/5.6
Exposure:  1/400 sec
ISO Speed:  800
Other h/w:  None

 

 

  The "Oregon Grape" is not native to this climate,
  but will grow well enough in a semi-sheltered place
  provided it receives enough water. The flower buds
  are no larger than small necklace beads.
      (May 18, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS Rebel XS
Lens type:  Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Focal Lng.:  50mm
Aperture:  f/2.8
Exposure:  1/500 sec
ISO Speed:  200
Other h/w:  None

 

 

  The "Kelsey Crabapple" produces a ruffled
  flower with doubled petals, opening from a
  rosebud structure. A fresh blossom flanked
  evenly by five delicate buds captured
  the eyes, and a camera frame.
      (May 20, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS Rebel XS
Lens type:  Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Focal Lng.:  75mm
Aperture:  f/9
Exposure:  1/250 sec
ISO Speed:  200
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  A mature "Western Sand Cherry" stands tall
  against an idyllic summer sky. When pruned
  correctly, the plant may rise from being a low
  shrub to a modest sized decorative tree.
      (May 10, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS Rebel XS
Lens type:  Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Focal Lng.:  85mm
Aperture:  f/3.2
Exposure:  1/800 sec
ISO Speed:  200
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  Another example of the "Select A" sargent
  crabapple glows intensely against the afternoon
  sky, illustrating one of the more interesting
  effects achievable with a circular polarizer.
      (May 4, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS Rebel XS
Lens type:  Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Focal Lng.:  50mm
Aperture:  f/3.5
Exposure:  1/1250 sec
ISO Speed:  800
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  A heavily blossomed "Prairie Fire"
  crabapple droops under the weight of a
  wet spring snow. One day later, the sun
  had returned and the snow soon vanished.
      (May 12, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS Rebel XS
Lens type:  Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Focal Lng.:  95mm
Aperture:  f/5.6
Exposure:  1/250 sec
ISO Speed:  200
Other h/w:  None

 

 

  The "Kelsey" crabapple is particularly
  attractive to bumble bees. Every tree at
  this location was continously hosting a half
  dozen or more visitors nearly every day
  of the flowering phase.
      (May 18, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS Rebel XS
Lens type:  Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Focal Lng.:  50mm
Aperture:  f/5.0
Exposure:  1/320 sec
ISO Speed:  200
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

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