This gallery contains photographs of naturally growing wildflowers: thistle, shooting stars, asters, cinquefoil, globemallow, hyacinth, chicory, morning glories, sunflowers, etc.

I wanted to be a wildflower photographer for the longest time, having been enamored by the the spectacular images of wild blooms in coffee table books as an amateur photographer. Alas, after years of pursuing wildflowers I discovered that I didn’t posses two important traits: agility and flexibility, both of which seemed to diminish logarithmically as I aged. I won’t discuss the third required trait, patience, because… well, because.

While you can make eye-catching images of wildflowers with almost any equipment these days, a good f1.4 or larger macro is a requirement if you want to remove distracting backgrounds from your floral captures.

Also, remember that the smaller the lens, the closer you need to be to the subject to fill the frame. So, while an f1.4 55mm Nikkor is a wonderful lens, you’ll get just as good of an image with an f1.4 104mm Nikkor, with less stress on your back and joints.