SPRING WILDFLOWER PHOTO CONTEST
Two grand prize winners of the Wildflower by the Orange County Hikers & Backpackers Club and The Orange County Register are Patricia Hadley Yorba Linda "Padre shooting stars" and Jim Schultz of Huntington Beach "Busy bee"
|Padre shooting star||Busy bee|
Hadley was chosen by judges for her shot of Padre shooting stars at the Santa Rosa Ecological Plateau near Murrieta on a rainy day with storm clouds as a dramatic backdrop. From Judge Bob Allen: I love the wildness of the photo and the moody feel of the stormy clouds in the background. This image says wildflowers in the wild. Prior to the 1980's, Padre shooting star was abundant in southern California, especially in Dana Point where it no longer exists. Massive construction projects have nearly wiped it out throughout southern California. Ms. Hadley's photo reminds us of the need to protect the stunning wildflowers of our golden state.
Voters chose Schultz for his shot of caterpillar scorpionweed being visited by a honey bee. Schultz said he took the photo in normal daylight using an Olympus digital camera, Camedia, with an auto ultra zoom C-765.
Schultz, an avid motorcyclist, says that he goes on motorcycle rides often, and it was on one of these trips that he found this flower by a roadside, “I just take pictures to chronicle my motorcycle rides,” he said. The Huntington Beach resident is married with two children and is a salesman for a window and door company.
Both Hadley and Schultz are winners of an Olympus FE-370 digital camera from Samy’s Camera.
The other top judges’ picks are listed below with the top three in each category followed by the honorable mentions:
- Patricia Hadley — Shooting stars
- Wayne Lim — Prickly Pear Cactus in Death Valley
- Kirk McClenahan — California Poppies
- Ben Notch – leaved Phacelia near Julian
- Cecil Reames — Wildflower vista in Coyote Canyon
- Debbie Jory — Hedgehog Cactus in Joshua Tree National Park
- Doug Luciani — Lupine & California Poppies at Antelope Valley State
- Graham Owen — California Poppies in Arvin
- Jennifer Wood — Early Onion in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
- Jim Schultz — California Poppies & Lupines in Arvin
- Kathy Nustad — Desert Wildflowers in Twentynine Palms
- Kym Slingerland — Chocolate Lily at Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological
- Sara Leifer — Milkmaids in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Nature & MoreLisa Kerr — California Poppies in Hytes Cove Leslie Ervin — Desert Globemallow Connie Luizzi — Anza Borrego Desert State Park Art Sutorus — Cal Poppies in Railroad Canyon Mike Khansa — Bush Sunflower & European Honey Bee Bert Anderson — European Honey Bee & Pink Asters Cheryl Pellerin — Peach Flower Cynthia — Red Hot Poker in Laguna Beach Diane Trevor — Cal Poppies in Railroad Canyon Ezzy Watt — Bottlebrush & Hummingbird Frank Asbury — Lupines & non-native mustards in Chino Hills Greg Bohning — Lupines in Irvine (OC) Regional Park M.E. Wheelock — Joshua Tree in Yucca Valley
Flower & Man
- Bryon Meyer — Lupines & Little Girl
- Jane Tsai — Desert Sunflower & Mia
- James H. Fallon — Fishhook Cactus & Nosy Nose
- Bart Kung — Pick Flowers, Not Fights!
- Troy Cobb — Non-native Black Mustard in Chino Hills State Park
- Bob Kenagy — Wildflowers & People in Gorman
- Isaac Torres — California Poppies & Little Girl
- James Farr — White Woolly Daisy & Young Woman
- Julie Nguyen — Cal Poppies & Happy Woman
- Linda Hunt — Photographer in California Valley
- Maria Stoll — Sweat Peas & Little Girl
- Norma Herbert — Little Girls & non-native mustards
- Philip Koh — Poppies, Goldfields, & Wife on Anniversary
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