In the past I looked for green grass and foliage to provide an out of focus background for colorful flower images. So it was a leap for me to point my camera towards the nearby gravel road in order to create these images of Indian Paintbrush flowers(Castilleja coccinea).
The flowers were in prime condition and I'm really pleased that I didn't shoot it in my usual way and then leave. By spending the time and trying to imagine a different view I ended up with some beautiful images.
By way of comparrison, here are some Indian Paintbrush flowers I had shot a little earlier.
Though I don't think these images are bad, I much prefer the almost painting like quality of the earlier ones.
Whatever your preference, you really can't go wrong when photographing Indian Paintbrush. The colors are amazing.