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Sunflower Slope

A close-up of "Sunflower Slope" by Scott Dimond: an ultra-high-resolution VAST photo.
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1,205 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of ; photograph created by Scott Dimond in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada

Sunflower Slope

Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada

Each spring the slopes of the East Kootenays are carpeted with a stunning display of flowering sunflowers. The East Kootenays region is located in south-eastern British Columbia, Canada, which includes the valleys of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers south of Golden to the USA border. These valleys are bordered to the east by the Rocky Mountains and to the west by the Purcell Mountains. The sunflowers are the Arrowleaf Balsamroot which has a wide range across western North America. They can be found from Arizona north to B.C.’s Cariboo region and California east to Colorado, and also in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The stunning vistas can be short-lived as just a few days of unseasonably warm weather is enough to wilt the flowers. On the other hand, the plant is quite unique in that it has a long taproot that allows it to survive low-intensity fires which can be common in grasslands. After such events, the plant can be seen rapidly sprouting from the charred surface of otherwise undamaged soil as the vast majority of balsamroot is underground.

I often visit the area between the towns of Cranbrook and Kimberley in the East Kootenays and have seen large open fields blanketed with these sunflowers. But I have always been on the lookout for a large quality of blooming flowers within an open ponderosa pine forest. That search was rewarded this past spring when I discovered this wonderful slope within a wooded area that was completely covered with blooming sunflowers. When I discovered this site there was a slight breeze and that immediately eliminated the possibility of creating an ultra-high-resolution image as the flowers danced gently in the wind. So, I had to return on a calmer day to set up the special equipment needed to create a VAST photo and worked quickly to capture the scene before any "flower dancing" resumed.

Date & TimeMay 26, 2022:  6:48pm - 7:21pm
LocationCranbrook, British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates49.603692, -115.795851
Focal Length135mm
Shutter Speed1/40 sec
Number of Exposures1502
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Total Pixels1,205,054,197
Horizontal Pixels52,007
Vertical Pixels23,171
Aspect Ratio2.24 : 1
File Size6,886 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)14.45 feet
Height @ 300ppi6.44 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)28.89 feet
Height @ 150ppi12.87 feet

Date & TimeMay 26, 2022:  6:48pm - 7:21pm
LocationCranbrook, British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates49.603692, -115.795851
Focal Length135mm
Shutter Speed1/40 sec
Number of Exposures1502

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