Tuesday found me hiking the Gilbert-Baker Wildlife Management Area north of Harrison. Moisture and spring’s arrival can be especially kind to the canyons and rocky outcroppings of the Pine Ridge and this year they were even more generous than usual — Green tree buds glistening, flowering plums and currents, last year’s drab brown leaves returning to the soil — even a heavy bank of rainclouds approaching from the west couldn’t destroy the beauty. In fact, the overcast light is ideal for closeups of nature’s beauties and I hiked about looking for subjects and compositions that attracted my eye and camera. Here is a mini-gallery of images, I couldn’t find my Jon Farrar wildflower field guide this morning so I’ll hazard guesses only, and hope that a kind viewer may add the names. I’ll certainly admit to being “overpowered” by all of the WMA’s resident beauties — perhaps it would be better to select fewer subjects and work harder on compositions, exposures and post processing to make one or two images stand out even stronger. Large format photographers — with 4X5, 5X7 and even larger view cameras, heavy tripods and one or two lenses work that way — I’m still stuck in the “35mm-mode”, shooting more than a few exposures and selecting those that appeal to me.