The Tragedy and Beauty in Wildflowers

Photo Credit: Nita Winter/

Photo Credit: Rob Badger/

A crucial aspect when photographing these wildflowers is to do so without damaging or harming the plant. Winter and Badger only use natural daylight to capture the true radiance of  the wildflowers. They also tend to only use natural and man made tools such as reflectors, fabrics, jackets, twigs, and other rocks that may be nearby to control natural light and movement.

One beautiful portrait that seemed to catch many people’s eyes was the “California Poppies” picture. It was taken in the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. The picture portrays California’s state flower, the Poppy, with the lively red, gold, and orange hues.

The dramatics of the gallery were found among the photographs that captured the close-ups of these California wildflowers, such as the Salvia Columbariae. The flowers were vibrant and illuminated standing in front of a solid black backdrop that emphasized their natural beauty. Shocking colors of bright green and the deepest of purples painted the photographs. This method can take around 45 minutes, but by doing so, it gives it a studio type of feel, which can be quite elegant and appealing.

Photo Credit: Rob Badger/

The gallery is on display at the Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum in Cal State Fullerton from until Oct. 28.