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Lupine Field at Sunset, Silicon Valley, California
Lupine Field at Sunset, Silicon Valley, California

It’s been a pretty nice winter and spring for photography but I’ve either been too busy with work, too lazy, or stuck indoors due to shelter-in-place to take advantage like some of my friends have been doing. Escaype was predicting a nice sunset and I was itching to get outside and with some encouraging words from Willie, I decided it was time to dust off the camera and hunt for some flowers.

In case you’re reading this years from now, this photo was taken during the Coronavirus Apocalypse of 2020. One nice thing about shelter-in-place was that there was hardly any traffic on the road. What would have been a 2 hour drive in rush-hour traffic took only 40 minutes.

When I arrived, it turned out Willie had changed plans and decided to meet me. We kept 6+ feet away and hunted for the flowers. We found this patch of white lupines on a small hill facing sunset but the field we really wanted to find was too far away from where we parked, with not enough time to get back in the car. As the sun dropped below the hills, I Loved how it cast the entire field (and hills) in golden light. The last bit of light over the hills lit up the flowers in warm, beautiful tones. The wind blew the flowers in all different directions, so I bumped up my settings and fired away, hoping a few of them would capture the flowers as if they were calm and still.

Nikon D850 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
19mm, f/10, 1/200 sec, ISO 800

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Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.