Texas Hill Country River Sunset Pano

Texas Hill Country River Sunset Pano – The sun was just setting and back lit these clouds which were reflected nicely into the water along the river. The Texas river is a tributary of the Colorado river and flows approximately 106 miles into Central Texas region. The river flow through the hill country from springs near Kimble County east through Fredericksburg through Blanco County through Stonewall, Johnson City, and continues it flow into Lake Travis on the west side of Travis County in Central Texas. We capture this right at sunset and got some nice colors in the sky which was reflected in the waters. There are some moments when the beauty of the hill country really shine through and that is as the sun sets in the west or as the sunrises in the east.  If you have a body or water, rivers or some hills it can be a magical landscape image. Texas scenery has lots of variety it can go from the desert landscape to the  swamps of east Texas, or mountains of big bend to the farmland in the heart of the state. No matter where you go the scenery will change to something new and exciting.

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Texas Hill Country River Sunset Pano –
Texas hill country river sunset panorama landscape. The sun was just setting and back lit these clouds which were reflected nicely into the water along the river. The pedernales river is a tributary of the Colorado river and flows approximately 106 miles into Central Texas region. The river flow through the hill country from springs near Kimble County east through Fredericksburg through Blanco County through Stonewall, Johnson City, and continues it flow into Lake Travis on the west side of Travis County in Central Texas. We got some nice colors in the sky as the sun set through the trees along the banks in this rural Texas landscape scene.

Best Texas Bluebonnets and Wildflower Landscapes of 2021!

The bluebonnets and wildflowers season this year was not the stellar years of the past in the Texas hill country but it did have it moments where there were some beautiful flowers to be found! Below are some of our favorites wildflowers for this year we found in our drive through out the texas hill country in 2021!

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Golden Glow over Bluebonnet Landscape Pano – Texas Wildflowers – We have been hoping that this farmland in the Texas hill country bluebonnets would come back and this year we got lucky. We capture several images of this field of bluebonnets in a panorama right before sunset which created this nice golden glow over the wildflowers. We came here several times as we never know when or if this bluebonnet landscape will come back again. We spoke with the property owner who was happy we appreciated the wildflowers as much as she did. This was a hugh field of texas bluebonnets in the hill country probably the biggest field of wildflowers in years. Even though the rest of the hill country was only so so this year this field came back after several years of no flowers. Some say bluebonnets or lupines come back every couple of years, but we have seen some field never come back but this year we got lucky. These are some of our favorite field of wildflowers landscapes to capture, the texas bluebonnets in the back roads of the Texas. The bluebonnet is native to the area and the state flower of Texas. All bluebonnets are the state flower but the one we capture the most is the Lupinus texensis. This wildflower has the blue colored pea shaped leaves with the white top which have been planted along the roads by the highway dept. since the days of Lady Bird when she promoted native wildflowers in Texas. Sometimes the bluebonnets will have a violet to purple tint depending on the suns angle in this you see the color change because of the low angle of the sun over this field.

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Texas Bluebonnets at the Lake Sunset Pano – We love this twilight after the sunset went down over this wonderful field of bluebonnets and with this colorful pink and orange sky. We came to this location along the water several times to capture both sunrise and sunset of these wonderful bluebonnet wildflowers at the lake edge. Capturing good bluebonnets is a matter of luck many times and we were lucky that this area had bluebonnet wildflowers again after the lake went back down which allowed them to come back so we took many photos from here. We like this little leafless tree that was positioned along the waters edge and decided to use it in our capture. The Texas hill country dry river bed came back to life this year after the waters went down along the colorado river and this field of bluebonnets popped up. It was delightful to see the field of wildflowers again not as much as the first time years ago, but still wonderful. Spring time in the Texas hill country can be magical when fields of wildflowers appear in great numbers. We live not far from here so we came here many times till word got out and the bluebonnet got trampled down. The texas hill country has been one of the best places to capture pictures of bluebonnets landscapes in the past and we can only hope forever. Taking pictures of bluebonnets is one of our favorite things to capture. There are many varieties of bluebonnets in Texas from the chiso bluebonnet, to the sandyland and of course the Lupinus texensis lupine, has been the state flower since the 1901 and all other bluebonnets were included in 1971 by the Texas Legislature which made all lupines in the state the state flower. For most the most popular is the Lupinus texensis or texas bluebonnet which are here in the hill country which range in color from blue to violet shade depending on the light also the texas hill bluebonnets have the white tops which are known is said to look like a bonnet.

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Sunrise Glow Over Lake Bluebonnets – This wonderful landscape field of bluebonnet wildflowers was a site to see this spring. Over this bluebonnet season we came to this area over five times to catch sunrises and sunsets. This area is the beginning of the Texas hill country and we drive a good distance trying to find an capturing good field of bluebonnets images which can be a lot of luck and a lot of driving. I don’t know how many miles we put on our vehicle every spring trying to find nice field of bluebonnets or other wildflowers. When you find a location with lots of wildflowers, it is especially hard when everyone can get in them because they get trampled so fast so you have to find them fast and get your photo before they get too trampled. This year we did get to this area before it got too overrun and capture several good images ofthe masses got here to capture this sunrise over the lake. Really this is part of the Colorado river chain in the Texas Hill Country but a lot refer to it as the lake. This park had a bumper crop of bluebonnets several years ago after a drought exposed the field to the light of day. Now we again had a drought and the field is again exposed so many bluebonnets came back but nothing like it had been years ago, but still still a nice bunch of wildflowers in one place. So we set out to capture the sunrise over the lake and this morning gave us a nice glow just as the sun rays broke the surface of the Texas hill country.

 

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John P. Cole Cabin Wildflowers at Sunset – We took the John P. Cole Cabin with bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush wildflower right at sunset in Old Baylor Park in a vertical format. The John P. Cole cabin was part of the Cole settlement of 1835 located on Cataract Creek and it was moved to old baylor park for historical preservation. John P Cole was one of the founders of Cole Settlement. John P Cole was appointed to Chief Justice of Washington County by Sam Houston the first president of the Republic. The Cole house was the center of activity with local election plus the first constitition election were held here in 1828. In August 1836 the town of Independence was formed. Independence was where Sam Houston and his family settled and he took a person interest in Baylor University and the Baptist church there. Old baylor park was the site of the Baylor University male section of the school before it was moved to Waco.

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Poppies at the Farm – We capture these wonderful poppies at this old rural farm where the poppy grow like wildflowers. Several towns in Texas have a poppy festival every year where many grow poppies just for the event. Poppies were growing in front of peoples home, in their yard with sign welcoming the visitors so you could find these wonderful poppy landscapes in abundant everywhere.

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Sunset Over the Bluebonnets Pano – Another capture of the field of bluebonnets panorama after the sunset and brought up these nice colors of pinks and orange in the sky. We had moved to a different site when the colors from the earlier sunset appeared in the sky. We had been photographing nearby when we saw the colors and turn our camera that way where the road curved around the bend at the lake. The Texas hill country dry river bed came back to life this year after the waters went down along the colorado river and this field of bluebonnets popped up. It was delightful to see the field of wildflowers again not as much as the first time but still wonderful. We capture this wonderful field of wildflowers just as the sunset colors appear over the trees tops with enough light left for the the flowers. Spring time in the Texas hill country can be magical when fields of wildflowers appear in great numbers. We live not far from here so we came here several times till word got out and the bluebonnet got trampled down. The texas hill country has been one of the best places to capture pictures of bluebonnets landscapes in the past and we can only hope forever. Taking pictures of bluebonnets is one of our favorite things to capture. There are many varieties of bluebonnets in Texas from the chiso bluebonnet, to the sandyland and of course the Lupinus texensis lupine, has been the state flower since the 1901 and all other bluebonnets were included in 1971 by the Texas Legislature which made all lupines in the state the state flower. For most the most popular is the Lupinus texensis or texas bluebonnet which are here in the hill country which are known for the white top which is said to look like a bonnet.

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Bluebonnets at the Lake Sunset Pano – The Texas hill country dry river bed came back to life again after the waters went down along the colorado river this year and this field of bluebonnets was a site to see. We capture this wonderful field of wildflowers just as the sunset over the trees tops with enough light left for the the flowers in a panorama. Spring time in the Texas hill country can be magical if when fields of wildflowers appear in great numbers. We live not far from here so we came here several times till word got out and the bluebonnet got trampled down. The texas hill country has been one of the best places to capture pictures of bluebonnets landscapes in the past and we can only hope forever. Taking pictures of bluebonnets is one of our favorite things to capture. There are many varieties of bluebonnets in Texas from the chiso bluebonnet, to the sandyland and of course the Lupinus texensis lupine, has been the state flower since the 1901 and all other bluebonnets were included in 1971 by the Texas Legislature which made all lupines in the state the state flower. For most the most popular is the Lupinus texensis or texas bluebonnet know for the white top which is said to look like a bonnet.

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Red Poppies at the Fence Pano – We love this house with it fence and a row of red corn poppies in front. We captured this in front of this small stone house as we were leaving in a panorama. We like the fence and red poppies in front so that where we wanted to focus the image. Poppies are a popular flower to be grown in gardens as well in the wild they grow best somewhere between the end of March and through the end of April in the spring time. The red poppy flower also can be called the corn rose, field poppy, flanders poppy, red poppy, red weed. I suppose they get out of hand just like the white poppies in the hill country.

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Red Poppy Landscape – A lovely tree and a field of red poppies with a blue sky and nice clouds what could be better. Spring time in the Texas hill country offers up lots of wildflower landscape opportunities rather it be in the wild or planted. We capture this at the seed farm out side Fredrickburg Texas with this field great red corn poppies field. Red Corn poppies can be found as wildflowers or planted in flower beds. It always great to find them no matter where they grow. A litte added benefit was behind this field of wildflowers was the vineyard that grow the grapes for the winerys in this area.

Texas Bluebonnets Twilight at the Lake

Texas Bluebonnets Twilight at the Lake – We capture this along the river shortly after sunset during the blue hour as the sky turned orange and pink color at twilight.

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Texas Bluebonnets Twilight at the Lake – We came to this location along the water several times to capture both sunrise and sunset of these wonderful bluebonnet wildflowers at the lake edge. This capture of the bluebonnets at twilight was our favorite with all those wonderful colors. Capturing good bluebonnets is a matter of luck many times and we were lucky that this area had bluebonnet wildflowers again after the lake went back down which allowed them to come back. This little leafless tree that was positioned along the waters edge which added a nice element in the image and was perfect to add to our landscape capture of this bluebonnets landscape. The Texas hill country dry river bed came back to life this year after the waters went down along the colorado river and this field of bluebonnets popped up to our delight. It was delightful to see the field of wildflowers again not as much as the first time years ago, but still wonderful. Spring time in the Texas hill country can be magical when fields of wildflowers appear in great numbers. We live not far from here so we came here many times till word got out and the bluebonnet got trampled down. The texas hill country has been one of the best places to capture pictures of bluebonnets landscapes in the past and we can only hope forever. Taking pictures of bluebonnets is one of our favorite things to capture. There are many varieties of bluebonnets in Texas from the chiso bluebonnet, to the sandyland and of course the Lupinus texensis lupine, has been the state flower since the 1901 and all other bluebonnets were included in 1971 by the Texas Legislature which made all lupines in the state the state flower. For most the most popular is the Lupinus texensis or texas bluebonnet which are here in the hill country which range in color from blue to violet shade depending on the light also the texas hill bluebonnets have the white tops which are known is said to look like a bonnet.

Hill Country Rest Stop at Sunset

 

 

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Hill Country Rest Stop at Sunset – We captured this hill country rest stop right at sunset. This rest stop in the Texas hill country was a suprise as it was a new one along our travels in the hills. It had this lovely tree with some nice looking yuccas and picnic table all to make your rest pleasant. We love that we captured the sunset through the nice live oak tree. Live oaks do not drop their leaves in the winter and this highway rest stop in the hill country had a lot of great live oak trees. The hill country has some wonderful scenery if you know where to find it. We have travel this area for many years chasing wildflowers and fall colors but this time it was the sunset that got our attention.

Edisto Island Tree Tunnel SC

Edisto Island Tree Tunnel SC

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Edisto Island Dirt Road Charleston SC – A wonderful dark brooding dirt road going toward Botany Bay at edisto island as the sun filters through the trees. The light and shadow are intense to the point of very little light filtering though the trees that what we like about it. It a tree tunnel with a sense of magical mystery as the tree branches hang low over the road with shadow and some light filtering through the trees. These tree tunnels in the deep south are nature taking back the forest. I call it tree or forest art because they can hauntingly beautiful.

Gruene Dance Hall New Braunsfels Texas

Gruene Dance Hall New Braunsfels Texas – This vintage dance hall is still open today and is a popular spot for tourist and locals to visit.

 

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Gruene Hall – Gruene is an area located just within New Braunfels city limits which was created in the 1940a by German immigrant the Ernst Gruene family which is also the towns name. Also the name Gruene is pronounced ‘Green’. The Gruene led the way to build a community for the cotton farmers. This is the oldest dance hall in Texas built somewhere in the late 1878 by the Gruene as he started this community just outside of New Braunsfel Tx. Gruene Hall is still in business today with a saloon and dance hall where western swing is still happening. Many big name country singers have performed here like Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson to name a few. This image capture the water tower which stands behind the dance hall on a nice cloudy day. Gruene is like going back in time so from the dance hall to the general store it will take you back to a simpler time. Gruene is visited by many as it is one of the top destinations for tourist to visit in the Texas hill country year round. It is located in New Braufels which is a maybe 20 minutes from San Antonio.

CoastalTranquility

Coastal Tranquilty -This captures the beach along the Texas coast using as the surf rolls in as the clouds billow up from the horizon making for a beautiful scene of serenity.

 

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Coastal-Tranquility – Surf up, what more can I say sandy beach, ocean waves, and sky is all you need in this image to see along the Texas coast for one of those wonderful moments in time. This is mustang island State Park in Port Aransas and it was getting later in the afternoon and we did a long exposure on the water as the tide was coming in to softening the waves along the beach with a low angle capture across the wet sand. One of those perfect beachy kind of days with a great sky over the perfect ocean view. This is along the Texas coast south of Port A and looking out over the gulf of mexico. Alway love a nice blue sky with puffy white clouds and ripples in the wet sand as the tide comes in. We had planned to stay a little later but a car got stuck in the deep sand only exit and if another car got stuck well we would be on the beach for the night. Not wanting to spend the night on the beach we decided we better get out before someone decided they could help them get out of the sand and they would get stuck too. You simple cannot stop or you most likely will get stuck. The sign at the entrance said four wheel drive only but some people couldn’t read. We had to make a mad dash out before it was too late but thought we managed to capture some nice beachscapes along this stretch of the beach.

Historic Mason County Courthouse

If you have not heard, Yesterday On Feb 5th the 111 year old historic Mason County courthouse was burned down.  The courthouse was being prepared for renovation and all the county records had been previously removed, according to the Texas Historical Commission. This was the third Mason County courthouse and also sadly the third one to burn down. I’m glad we were able to photograph it when we were out chasing bluebonnets last spring.  I read this morning that a suspect is in custody for suspected arson of this historic structure.

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Mason County Courthouse Side View – The Historic Mason County Courthouse side view of the courthouse building located in Mason, Texas

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Mason County Courthouse – The Mason County Courthouse is located in Mason, Texas

Texas Capitol Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree  – Downtown Austin Christmas Tree at the Texas Capitol is just one of the many fun things to do this holiday season. Seeing the Christmas tree in downtown Austin with the ever changing lights and rotating colorful light make for a very special thing to do in Austin over the holidays

 

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Seeing the Christmas tree in downtown Austin with the ever changing lights and rotating colorful light make for a very special thing to do in Austin over the holidays. Austin has many events for the holiday with the trail of lights and the zilker christmas tree along with a bike parade and many other events.

UT Tower 2020 Graduation

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UT Tower 2020 Graduation Sunrise –  A capture of the UT Tower in Orange in downtown Austin right as the sky was lighting up before sunrise. You could see the bright orange tower from a long distance away this early morning. The tower was in full color of burnt orange this morning due to graduation for 2020. It not often you see the tower in full color in this image we choose to show this landmark building before sunrise as they turn the lights off at sun comes up. The UT Tower can be seen from many locations in downtown Austin. UT Austin is a flagship school know for it research in science and medicine along with advance educational opportunities. Austin UT campus covers over 40 acres and maintains a large student population. The UT Tower is located in the center of campus and is the tallest building at 307 feet so it can be seen from many locations.  This years graduation was different than most due to the covid pandemic so they kept the tower lite for two days.