Photographing Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Photographing Arrowleaf Balsamroot
Arrowleaf Balsamroot are a stunning reminder of the beauty of spring in Eastern Washington. Trevor Anderson shares the ins and outs on how to photograph these beautiful wild flowers

One of my favorite aspects of spring is the blooming of the Arrowleaf Balsamroot flower in the mountainous hillsides of Eastern Washington and in the foothills surrounding the Columbia River. The Balsamroot flower is a member of the Sunflower Family and it is aptly named the Arrowleaf Balsamroot due to its arrow shaped petals, and the resin in the flower’s roots is called balsam. These yellow flowers fill the hillsides abundantly in spring and form a complementary palette with the cooler tones of the mountainous backdrops that they precede. I have had the opportunity of photographing them at a variety of locations over the years and I will reveal what I have learned in my efforts to photograph them.

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Trevor Anderson

I am Trevor Anderson and I am a Pacific Northwest based Photographer. With the immense natural beauty and recreational opportunities available in my region, I was drawn to exploring the moods of nature while hiking at a relatively young age.

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