Smokies Spring Wildflowers Splendor

Last weekend Tremont Outdoor Resort held a Spring Wildflower Photography Workshop that I was blessed enough to be able to attend.  World famous photographer Wilson Reynolds and Knoxville’s f/32 Photo’s April Love and Brett Wells hosted the event to guide us in getting the best shots possible, and loaned out macro lens to really get the details in these beauties.

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This delicate Fringed Phacelia was my all-day favorite

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Rue Anemone spray

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I caught this spider frolicking in this one!

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Large-Flowered White Trillium

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A Smokies signature flower – the Sweet White Trillium

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Delicate dangling pinkness of the Bleeding Hearts

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Spring Beauties

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Purples are always my favorite – this is called Common Violet, but I think it’s anything but common looking!

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And these Beaked Violets sprinkled with highlights of the Star Chickweed really bring them out.

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The more dramatic Crested Dwarf Iris

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They play so well together…

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Shocks of red brought by the Fire Pink.

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Happy yellow of the Trout Lilly

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Wilson took this one with my camera – and his capture gives me something to which to aspire.

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I had to chuckle at him taking pictures with his iPhone with all the more sophisticated equipment available – I bet they’re awesome, too!

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Dutchmans Breeches

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Tiny sweet whites of the Bishop’s Cap

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You really need to get up close to appreciate these guys.

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The trumpeting Jack in the Pulpit.

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Yellow Trillium

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Yellow Trillium closep

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I’d never had much luck getting that silky water effect, but Wilson gave me a simple formula that I hope I can remember in the future – lowest ISO and highest F stop.  I can’t wait to play with this more!

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At the end of the first day, we had the option of going up to Clingman’s Dome for some sunset shots.  After being hot on the trails all day, I was pretty tired, but I’d never been up here before so I wasn’t going to miss this!  It was so much colder up here at 6,644′ elevation, and my hands were shaking cold!

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I couldn’t get the settings right as night fell and stars started sparkling, so April helped me out with this one.  Love it!

This weekend was the ultimate reward for sticking out the snowy winter for sure!