Roadside Wildflowers

Happy Friday – Wildflowers Along the Roadside from 2016 of texas wildflowers along the roadside.  Texas bluebonnets and indian paintbrush in the Texas hill country on a beautiful spring day. It was a fiesta of color along the roadside with bluebonnets and indian paintbrush in the hill country.  Texas bluebonnet are one of our favorite wildflowers and we look forward to capturing them every year. This was a great year for wildflowers you could find them in abundance all along the roads in the Texas Hill Country from the foot hills of west Austin to Mason.  We took these of the Texas wildflowers along this road in the hill country near Llano in 2016 and we come back every year hoping to sees then this lush again but so far no luck. Springtime in texas is a great time with all the natural wildflowers growing along the roads and into the pastures but not every year is the same.  It seems that the bluebonnet come back thicket every couple of years! We can all thank Lady Bird Johnson help in getting all these wonderful road side bluebonnets  and wildflowers along our Texas roads.

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Wildflowers Along the Roadside – This roadside landscape was alive with color of blues and reds wildflowers along the road. We took these bluebonnets and indian paintbrush wildflowers along the road out in the Texas Hill Country near Llano. Springtime in texas is a great time with all the natural wildflowers growing everywhere. We can all thank Lady Bird Johnson for her push to get the Highway Beautification Act which is why we have so many beautiful wildflowers every spring.

Chiso Bluebonnets

Big Bend Bluebonnets  – Last years memories of the super crop of texas bluebonnets down in Big Bend National Park  We went this year and didn’t find much in the park mostly patches along the roads  So decide to post this capture we took in the early morning with a bit of sun kissed texas  bluebonnets on the side of this sloping hillside cascading down into this field toward the distant landmark Cerro Castellan and the Chiso mountains in view. This is a desert landscape that reguires a hardly plant to survive so these are special native bluebonnet design to exist in this harsh desert landscape. The 2019  year crop of texas bluebonnets was the best we have ever seen with thick patches of one to two foot tall lupine flowers along the roads and on the hill sides through out the park. Some call these texas lupines the Big Bend bluebonnets or Chiso Bluebonnets which only grow in Big Bend National Park and the Chihuahua desert regions. Whatever you call them it is site to see hope we will see it again in the future!

 

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Chiso Bluebonnets – The early morning sun kisses the texas bluebonnets on the side of this sloping hill side in Big Bend with the distant landmark Cerro Castellan with a touch of light. This is a desert landscape that reguires a hardly plant to survive so these are special native bluebonnet design to exist in this harsh desert landscape. This year crop was the best we have ever seen with thick patches of one to two foot tall flowers along the roads and on the hill sides. Some call these texas lupines the Big Bend bluebonnets or Chiso Bluebonnets which only grow in Big Bend National Park and the Chihuahua desert regions.

Texas Bluebonnets and Longhorns

Texas Bluebonnets and Longhorns – Its always a good day when you can find texas bluebonnets and longhorns at the same time. We encounter this friendly longhorn who happen to be standing in this field of bluebonnets posed for his portrait which we were very pleased about in the Texas Hill country. We have come to this site more than a dozen times over the years and many times there are no longhorns or no flowers or both so we were lucky this year.Longhorns in the bluebonnets in the Texas hill country outside of Llano. Always a good day when you can see some longhorns in the bluebonnets in this great pasture of green grass not always the way it looks at this time of year. Just to get here we had to drive through a running creek up and around bumpy dirt roads with signs tellng you not to get of your car with a pistal on it. So it doesn’t matter if it is a county road or not. Texan don’t take to strangers sometimes. Then we Texas photographers will get the shot of wildflowers if possible sometimes at great risk.

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Texas Bluebonnets and Longhorns – Its always a good day when you can find texas bluebonnets and longhorns at the same time. We encounter this friendly longhorn who happen to be standing in this field of bluebonnets posed for his portrait which we were very pleased about in the Texas Hill country. We have come to this site more than a dozen times over the years and many times there are no longhorns or no flowers or both so we were lucky this year.Longhorns in the bluebonnets in the Texas hill country outside of Llano. Always a good day when you can see some longhorns in the bluebonnets in this great pasture of green grass not always the way it looks at this time of year. Just to get here we had to drive through a running creek up and around bumpy dirt roads with signs tellng you not to get of your car with a pistal on it. So it doesn’t matter if it is a county road or not. Texan don’t take to strangers sometimes. Then we Texas photographers will get the shot of wildflowers if possible sometimes at great risk.lol

Prada Marfa Sunset

Prada Marfa Sunset – On our way down to Big Bend National Park in Texas we decided to see if we could capture image of Prada Marfa Sunset and at first we didn’t think we would see any color in the sky but a last minute bscklit color pops up. After the sunset it started backlighting all the clouds so we were able to capture a great Texas sunset with these wonderful clouds with pinks and oranges colors. You can see the scenery in west texas is pretty much flat till you get to the mountains so it is such a contrast to have this just sitting on the edge of the road in Valentine Texas about 30 miles west of Marfa.Why it has been called Marfa Prada. I guess that they just pick the biggest town nearby to name it. The permanet exhibit was created by two artist Elmgreen and Dragset in October 2005 to resemble an actual Prada store. The two refer to their work as pop architectual land art with a bit of humor. They built this structure about 24 miles outside of Marfa in a city called Valentine Texas population around 200. To make it more interesting they found the least likely place to find a store like this and stuck in in far west texas. They added only right shoes and the purses have no bottoms. They have been vandalize several times now I guess people in this area like prada more than they knew. As far as the artist are concerned I am not sure what they were saying or not saying about their art. Maybe they were making fun of consumerism but you would have to ask them. As a photographer it great fun to shoot such a unique image. After the latest vandalism they have install cameras and the purses have GPS devices inside that detect movement so making it more difficult to shop there in the future. Who knew shopping in the desert could be so swanky ok it for looks only, This area has become a popular destination since it was installed in 2005 people were ariving by the car loads while we were there. What else are you going to do in far west texas on a Saturday night!

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Prada Marfa Sunset – On our way down to Big Bend National Park in Texas we decided to see if we could capture a sunset image of Prada Marfa and at first we didn’t think we would see any color in the sky. After the sunset it started backlighting all the clouds so we were able to capture a great Texas sunset with these wonderful clouds with pinks and oranges colors. You can see the scenery in west texas is pretty much flat till you get to the mountains so it is such a contrast to have this just sitting on the edge of the road in Valentine Texas about 30 miles west of Marfa.Why it has been called Marfa Prada. I guess that they just pick the biggest town nearby to name it. The permanet exhibit was created by two artist Elmgreen and Dragset in October 2005 to resemble an actual Prada store. The two refer to their work as pop architectual land art with a bit of humor. They built this structure about 24 miles outside of Marfa in a city called Valentine Texas population around 200. To make it more interesting they found the least likely place to find a store like this and stuck in in far west texas. They added only right shoes and the purses have no bottoms. They have been vandalize several times now I guess people in this area like prada more than they knew. As far as the artist are concerned I am not sure what they were saying or not saying about their art. Maybe they were making fun of consumerism but you would have to ask them. As a photographer it great fun to shoot such a unique image. After the latest vandalism they have install cameras and the purses have GPS devices inside that detect movement so making it more difficult to shop there in the future. Who knew shopping in the desert could be so swanky ok it for looks only, This area has become a popular destination since it was installed in 2005 people were ariving by the car loads while we were there. What else are you going to do in far west texas on a Saturday night! To see more Prada Marfa images check out our West Texas Gallery!

 

Rio Grande Thru Santa Elena

Rio Grande Thru Santa Elena – This view from inside the Santa Elena canyon was spectacular with the water reflections of the cliff from above with the blue sky reflecting back into the water it was awesome sight. The Rio Grande thru Santa Elena Canyon is located in Big Bend National Park and the canyon walls are 1500 feet high. As you drive up to the area from the Ross Maxwell Scenic drive it seems like it just around the corner because they are so massive they can be seen from quite a distance. In any case climbing the cliffs to get to this area was worth the effort it was amazing geology and the rio grande flowing only so slightly on this day allow some great reflections in river. Many people come to canoe through the canyons putting in upstream at Lajitas and taking the 13 mile ride to Santa Elena Canyons to see our the natural beauty of the area. This Santa Elena Canyons are spit down the middle with the cliffs on each side being owned by the USA and Mexico. The canoe trip I have been told has some class four rapids at certain water levels so check it out before hand or you can always take a day trip call the boomerage up the river and back.

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Rio Grande Thru Santa Elena – This view from inside the Santa Elena canyon was spectacular with the water reflections of the cliff from above with the blue sky reflecting back into the water it was awesome sight. The Santa Elena Canyon is located in Big Bend National Park and the canyon walls are 1500 feet high. As you drive up to the area from the Ross Maxwell Scenic drive it seems like it just around the corner because they are so massive they can be seen from quite a distance. In any case climbing the cliffs to get to this area was worth the effort it was amazing geology and the rio grande flowing only so slightly on this day allow some great reflections in river. Many people come to canoe through the canyons putting in upstream at Lajitas and taking the 13 mile ride to Santa Elena Canyons to see our the natural beauty of the area. This Santa Elena Canyons are spit down the middle with the cliffs on each side being owned by the USA and Mexico. The canoe trip I have been told has some class four rapids at certain water levels so check it out before hand or you can always take a day trip call the boomerage. up the river and back.

Aerial Austin Skyline

Aerial Austin Skyline  –  Aerial Austin skyline with the latest view along Lady Bird Lake with the hike and bike trail along the waters edge.  In this view you see Austin skyline tallest building the Independent, the new Google building along with the W building to name a few.

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Aerial Austin Skyline  – Aerial Austin skyline with the latest view along Lady Bird Lake with the hike and bike trail along the waters edge. This austin skyline includes the new tallest building in the cityscape the Independent or Jingle as some call it, along with the Google new home, the Northshore condos, and of course the W building, and so many others its hard to name them all.  You can just barely see the Austin 360 anymore as the new high rises have almost completely block its view from here. Austin Texas is a fast growing city with all of it sky-scrapers built in the last ten year so it is has a modern cityscape in downtown.  The city has also attracted many high tech companies to the city not to mention it is also the state capital and it is home to a major school the University of Texas.  The city contines to draw tourist and people wanting to vist or live this lively modern city and its well know night life being the music capital of the world and it great life style. This is just another one of Texas skyline images from a modern city.  However with that said I must mention the draw back from the increase traffic which can be a complete night mare at time.

 

Texas Windmill and Bluebonnets 419

Texas Windmill and Bluebonnets –  This is just one of the many bluebonnets pictures we captured last year in the Texas Hill Country. We captured this great field of texas bluebonnets with a working windmill in the background.  Also in the background is this  lovely oak tree for a iconic texas scene. There are lot of windmills in Texas but finding them in a field of bluebonnets is not as common so we felt lucky today. The Texas hill country has it fair share of windmills, but most of the time they are near electric lines, or hidden behind trees are in a state of disrepair so today we are lucky. Today we found a nice windmill with a field of bluebonnets with a few clouds in the blue sky. This is the iconic Texas landscape scenery in the hill country in spring.  If we could of just gotten a longhorn it would of been perfect!

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Texas Windmill and Bluebonnets 419 – We captured this great field of texas wildflowers with a windmill in the background and this nice oak tree for a iconic texas scene. There are lot of windmills in Texas but finding them in a field of bluebonnets is not as common so we felt lucky. The Texas hill country has it fair share of windmills but most of the time they are near electric lines, or hidden behind trees are in a state of disrepair from years of storms and high winds not in a field of bluebonnets so today we are lucky.. Today we found a nice one with a few clouds in the blue sky and nice field of wildflowers. This is the iconic Texas landscape scenery in the hill country in spring. If we could of just got a longhorn it would of been perfect.

Hill Country Texas Bluebonnets

We captured these wonderful bluebonnets west of Marble Falls in the Texas hill country. We pretty much thought that the bluebonnets were done for the season last year  in 2019 when had a good rain a few days before which brought out this wonderful ranch full of bluebonnets. Now we almost didn’t make the trip but we decided one more trip into the texas hill country and we were lucky we found this wonderful field. The wildflowers were thick with a few poppies and indian paintbrush but it was mostly texas bluebonnets with a back drop of mesquite trees which is what the hill country has a lot of.

 

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Hill Country Texas Bluebonnets : Prints Available  – We captured these wonderful bluebonnets west of Marble Falls in the Texas hill country. We pretty much thought that the bluebonnets were done for the season last year when a rain a few days before brought out this wonderful ranch full of bluebonnets. Now we almost didn’t make the trip but we decided one more trip into the texas hill country and we were lucky we found this wonderful field. The texas bluebonnets were thick with a few poppies and indian paintbrush but it was mostly texas bluebonnets with a back drop of mesquite trees which is what the hill country has a lot of. Also a small rusty post was in the ground and hanging from it was this horse shoe I guess it for good luck since we found this spot we felt like we had good luck too. To see more pictures of texas bluebonnets please visit our gallery on our website. beecreekphoto.com

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Bluebonnets in the Texas Hil Country – We came across this lush field of bluebonnets in the Texas Hill Country on a ranch off of hwy 71 west of Austin. The sun was starting to get lower in the sky and cast a golden glow over the trees as it was going down but with enough light left for the blueblonnets. These are texas bluebonnets that grow through out the state but the hill country has some of the best when its a good year.

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Bluebonnets in the Texas Hil Country – We came across this lush field of bluebonnets in the Texas Hill Country.  The sun was starting to get lower in the sky and cast a golden glow over the trees as it was going down but with enough light left for the blueblonnets. These are texas bluebonnets that grow through out the state but the hill country has some of the best when its a good year. It looks like this might be an average good year for the wildflowers so we are happy to finally see more flowers this year. We have had either drought or flooding both of which are not alway good for the bluebonnets and other wildflowers, however this years crop in the Texas hill country has been a pleasant surprise so far this year. You have appreciate how wonderful it is to take a drive in the hill country in springtime and see all these wonderful wildflowers just growing along the roads.  The wildflowers can be seen along the main highways in the cities or on the back country road anywhere from February through April.  We even have bluebonnet festivals just to show how much people in Texas love their wildflowers.

Poppies and Texas Bluebonnets – Poppies and Texas bluebonnets in the Texas hill country in late affternonn. We love this lone stalk of poppies with a backdrop of a field of texas bluebonnets on this ranch road. You can see the shadows as they cross over the field of bluebonnets with some bob wire and a horse shoe hanging on a post near by. Hanging the horse shoe on the post is suppose to mean good luck. So heres to having more good luck finding more texas wildflowers before the season ends

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Poppies and Texas Bluebonnets – Poppies and Texas bluebonnets in the Texas hill country in late affternonn. We love this lone poppie with a backdrop of a field of texas bluebonnets on this ranch road. You can see the shadows as they cross over the field of bluebonnets with some bob wire and a horse shoe hanging on a post near by. Hanging the horse shoe on the post is suppose to mean good luck. So heres to having more good luck finding more texas wildflowers before the season ends. That the kind of good luck we are hoping for! We had thought that the bluebonnet season was pretty much over and a few days of some rain and this great field popped up with some wonderful wildflowers to dazzle us one more time.

 

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Hill Country Texas Bluebonnets  – We captured these wonderful texas bluebonnets west of Marble Falls in the Texas hill country. We pretty much thought that the bluebonnets were done for the season last year when a rain a few days before brought out this wonderful ranch full of bluebonnets. Now we almost didn’t make the trip but we decided one more trip into the texas hill country and we were lucky we found this wonderful field. The bluebonnets were thick with a few poppies and indian paintbrush but it was mostly texas bluebonnets with a back drop of mesquite trees which is what the hill country has a lot of. Also a small rusty post was in the ground and hanging from it was this horse shoe I guess it for good luck since we found this spot we felt like we had good luck too. To see more pictures of bluebonnets please visit our gallery on our website. beecreekphoto.com

Bluebonnet Country Road – Bluebonnets line the road in this Texas hill country backroad with this natural wildflowers. Today we had a nice blue sky as the sun was getting lower in the west. You can see the texas lupine in most areas of the state but the hill country give you the more rugged natural backroads to see them on which is my preference. Spring is finally here as the trees are finally starting to bud in the texas hill country along with these beautiful wildflowers.

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Bluebonnet Country Road – Bluebonnets line the road in this Texas hill country backroad with this natural wildflowers. Today we had a nice blue sky as the sun was getting lower in the west. You can see the texas lupine in most areas of the state but the hill country give you the more rugged natural backroads to see them on which is my preference. Spring is finally here as the trees are finally starting to bud in the texas hill country along with these beautiful wildflowers.

Longhorn Close Up in Wildflowers – Texas wildflower and a Longhorn close up in the Texas hill country. We were driving the back roads and there was this small herd near Johnson City in a area with bluebonnets and indian paintbrush and this steer came in close to get a better look at us thankfully he was in the wildflowers. This longhorn seem slightly interested in what we were doing and wanted to get a better look before he meander away as all the other had done before him but he did posed for a few shots first standing in these texas lupines and paintbrush wildflowers.

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Longhorn Close Up in Wildflowers – Texas wildflower and a Longhorn close up in the Texas hill country. We were driving the back roads and there was this small herd near Johnson City in a area with bluebonnets and indian paintbrush and this steer came in close to get a better look at us thankfully he was in the wildflowers. This longhorn seem slightly interested in what we were doing and wanted to get a better look before he meander away as all the other had done before him but he did posed for a few shots first standing in these texas lupines and paintbrush wildflowers. As they all did after a short time he was moving on for greener grass away from our pesky camera. I think he was looking for a little cow candy but we didn’t have any so he lost interest pretty quick. We have come to love these longhorn cattle with these big impressive horns and when we can capture them in a field of texas wildflowers it is even better.

Big Bend Bluebonnets with Mule Ear – Big Bend bluebonnets with an octillo and shrubs with Mule Ear in the back ground. The bluebonnets were spectacular and this spot with the wildflowers growing in this desert landscape along side the octillo with the Chiso mountains was a nice landscape find. Just more pics of texas with these great bluebonnets.

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Big Bend Bluebonnets with Mule Ear – Big Bend bluebonnets with an octillo and shrubs with Mule Ear in the back ground. The bluebonnets were spectacular and this spot with the wildflowers growing in this desert landscape along side the octillo with the Chiso mountains was a nice landscape find. Just more pics of texas with these great bluebonnets.

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Big Bend Bluebonnets at Cerro Castillian – Bluebonnets at the base of the Cerro Castillian in Big Bend National Park. You can see the big bend bluebonnets are going up the slopes of this mountain side and we love this nice patch standing tall right in front. Big bend is a favorite park to visit and capture the wonderful vistas but this year with the wildflowers it is most memorable crop of big bend bluebonnets we have ever seen. We had a wet fall which most contribute to this abundant wildflowers in well over ten years. The big bend bluebonnet is a taller species of texas lupine and a lot hardier to be able to take the extreme conditions. Lupinus havardii is a species of lupine known by the common names Big Bend bluebonnet and Chisos bluebonnet which are native to Big Bend and the Chihuahua desert area of texas but it only grows in this region. Big Bend is in far west texas and border Mexico so from central texas it is a good seven hour drive just to capture these great pics of texas.

Big Bend Bluebonnets – Big Bend bluebonnets panorama in Big bend National Park as the wildflowers climb up the mountain sides. The bluebonnets on this ridge had the Santa Elena Canyon and Cerro Castillian as the distant landscape. There is nothing like a mountain back drop for your bluebonnet images. Texas Bluebonnets were thick on the mountian sides off the ross maxwell scenic drive so we stopped to get some roadside photos and the next thing we know we have walk a mile up the mountain side. It was one of those moments when you look in another direction and there are even more blueboonets on another hill side or along a ridge that you just have to get too. It was an amazing site.

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Big Bend Bluebonnets – Big Bend bluebonnets panorama in Big bend National Park as the wildflowers climb up the mountain sides. The bluebonnets on this ridge had the Santa Elena Canyon and Cerro Castillian as the distant landscape. There is nothing like a mountain back drop for your bluebonnet images. Bluebonnets were thick on the mountian sides off the ross maxwell scenic drive so we stopped to get some roadside photos and the next thing we know we have walk a mile up the mountain side. It was one of those moments when you look in another direction and there are even more blueboonets on another hill side or along a ridge that you just have to get too. It ws an amazing site. There were so many to be seen and such a short time to get the photos of the bluebonnets on our trip. There is just something about being in the presents of mountaiin and desert landscape and throw in some bluebonnets and it brings the kid out in you it is kind of a magical event. This species of lupine grows taller than other texas bluebonnets they are several feet tall and there stems and seeds are much larger than other bluebonnet plants. Some of the comman name for these bluebonnet are the big bend bluebonnet, big bend lupine, chiso bluebonnet, and havard bluebonnet to name a few. Regardless of what you call them they are a wonderful site to see in this desert landscape. We have heard about how great these bluebonnets have been in the past but this is the first time in ten years we have seen them like this. In the past we only found a few in small patches along the roads. We are glad we made the eight hour drive down to catch them before they are gone. For more pics of texas look through our other galleries.

Big Bend Bluebonnets Pano – Big Bend bluebonnets panorama in Big bend National Park as the wildflowers climb up the mountain sides. The texas bluebonnets on this ridge had the Santa Elena Canyon and Cerro Castillian as the distant landscape. There is nothing like a mountain back drop for your bluebonnet images. Texas Bluebonnets were thick on the mountian sides off the ross maxwell scenic drive so we stopped to get some roadside photos and the next thing we know we have walk a mile up the mountain side.

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Big Bend Bluebonnets Pano – Big Bend bluebonnets panorama in Big bend National Park as the wildflowers climb up the mountain sides. The bluebonnets on this ridge had the Santa Elena Canyon and Cerro Castillian as the distant landscape. There is nothing like a mountain back drop for your bluebonnet images. Bluebonnets were thick on the mountian sides off the ross maxwell scenic drive so we stopped to get some roadside photos and the next thing we know we have walk a mile up the mountain side. It was one of those moments when you look in another direction and there are even more blueboonets on another hill side or along a ridge that you just have to get too. It ws an amazing site. There were so many to be seen and such a short time to get the photos of the bluebonnets on our trip. There is just something about being in the presents of mountaiin and desert landscape and throw in some bluebonnets and it brings the kid out in you it is kind of a magical event. This species of lupine grows taller than other texas bluebonnets they are several feet tall and there stems and seeds are much larger than other bluebonnet plants. Some of the comman name for these bluebonnet are the big bend bluebonnet, big bend lupine, chiso bluebonnet, and havard bluebonnet to name a few. Regardless of what you call them they are a wonderful site to see in this desert landscape. We have heard about how great these bluebonnets have been in the past but this is the first time in ten years we have seen them like this. In the past we only found a few in small patches along the roads. We are glad we made the eight hour drive down to catch them before they are gone. For more pics of texas please look through our other landscape galleries.

Big Bend Bluebonnets Sunrise – The sunrise was just beginning to push through the clouds over the chiso mountain range near the landmark Cerro Castellan. The sky was getting this heavenly glow from the sun rays as they came through the sky just at the peak of the sun rising up. The Texas bluebonnets were flowing down the slope the valley below in this desert landscape scene. It was a cold morning to be standing and waiting for the sunrise to show and very quite till a coyotes pack began to yelp and howing right below us when a sudden sense of fear over came my other half as there were many yelps, all probably no more than 30 feet below us. Luckily for us they were not interested in us. Whew! This is a wild area and you are likely to run across all kinds of animals here including bear, wild hogs and mountain lions. Big Bend National Park was in full bloom with the big bend bluebonnets this year and it was lovely.

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Big Bend Bluebonnets Sunrise – The sunrise was just beginning to push through the clouds over the chiso mountain range near the landmark Cerro Castellan. The sky was getting this heavenly glow from the sun rays as they came through the sky just at the peak of the sun rising up. The Texas bluebonnets were flowing down the slope the valley below in this desert landscape scene. It was a cold morning to be standing and waiting for the sunrise to show and very quite till a coyotes pack began to yelp and howing right below us when a sudden sense of fear over came my other half as there were many yelps, all probably no more than 30 feet below us. Luckily for us they were not interested in us. Whew! This is a wild area and you are likely to run across all kinds of animals here including bear, wild hogs and mountain lions. Big Bend National Park was in full bloom with the big bend bluebonnets this year and it was lovely. This was the best year we have seen in our 10 plus years of coming here. The Big Bend bluebonnet or Chisos bluebonnet are the common name of this lupine. It is native to Texas and Chihuahua, where it can be found blooming from January through June. What surprised us were they were all over the hill sides and along the roads in thick patches. We were curious how they got so high up on the mountain sides. In any case it was a wonderful site to see and made us glad we came for this uniqu

Bluebonnets At Big Bend Church – Texas Bluebonnets at the Big Bend Church in Terlingua. We were on our way out and saw this great field of texas bluebonnets in front of the church and stopped to capture a few images. This year has been the best we have seen in the 10 plus years we have been coming down here.

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Bluebonnets At Big Bend Church – Bluebonnets at the Big Bend Church in Terlingua. We were on our way out and saw this great field of blue bonnets in front of the church and stopped to capture a few images. This year has been the best we have seen in the 10 plus years we have been coming down here.

Desert Bluebonnets 2 – The morning sunrise was just beginning to peak over the chiso mountain ridge with the landmark Cerro Castellan in view with the Texas bluebonnets on the bluff overlooking this desert landscape. The sunrise colors were popping a varied display of pre-dawn colors in Big Bend. Big Bend National Park was in full bloom with the desert bluebonnets the days we were there. This was the best year we have seen in our 10 plus years of coming here for bluebonnets. The Big Bend bluebonnet or Chisos bluebonnet are the common name of this Lupinus havardi. It is native to Texas and Chihuahua, where it can be found blooming from January through June.

 

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Desert Bluebonnets 2 – The morning sunrise was just beginning to peak over the chiso mountain ridge with the landmark Cerro Castellan in view with the Texas bluebonnets on the bluff overlooking this desert landscape. The sunrise colors were popping a varied display of pre-dawn colors in Big Bend. Big Bend National Park was in full bloom with the desert bluebonnets the days we were there. This was the best year we have seen in our 10 plus years of coming here for bluebonnets. The Big Bend bluebonnet or Chisos bluebonnet are the common name of this Lupinus havardi. It is native to Texas and Chihuahua, where it can be found blooming from January through June. What surprised us were they were all over the hill sides and along the roads in thick patches. We were curious how they got so high up on the mountain sides. In any case it was a wonderful site to see and look forward to more good years.

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Texas Windmill and Bluebonnets 419 – We capture this great field of texa bluebonnets with a wind mill in the background and this nice oak tree for a iconic texas scene. There are lot of windmills in Texas but finding them in a field of bluebonnets is not as common so we felt lucky. The Texas hill country has it fair share of windmills but most of the time they are near electric lines, or hidden behind trees are in a state of disrepair from years of storms and high winds not in a field of bluebonnets so today we are lucky.. Today we found a nice one with a few clouds in the blue sky and nice field of wildflowers. This is the iconic Texas landscape scenery in the hill country in spring. If we could of just got a longhorn it would of been perfect.

Sunset Glow over Texas Bluebonnets Pano – Texas bluebonnets at sunset in the hill country with cactus, a windmill, and a sunset in a panorama. On one of the many back roads we traveled over the last six weeks is a great last minute find with this great field of texas bluebonnets and other wildflowers. It is always a delight when we can find a nice field of texas bluebonnets wildflowers with prickly pear cactus and a windmill with a great sunset in the sky for that traditional Texas Hill country landscape.

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Sunset Glow over Texas Bluebonnets Pano – Texas bluebonnets at sunset in the hill country with cactus, a windmill, and a sunset in a panorama. On one of the many back roads we traveled over the last six weeks is a great last minute find with this great field of texas bluebonnets and other wildflowers. It is always a delight when we can find a nice field of texas bluebonnets wildflowers with prickly pear cactus and a windmill with a great sunset in the sky for that traditional Texas Hill country landscape. This is the iconic Texas scenery in the hill country that we have come to expect. The blue bonnet season is coming to an end for the bluebonnets in the hill country but just around the corner is the other wildflowers that should be popping up shortly to take it place.

Bluebonnet Sunset Glow – A cedar wood fence with texas bluebonnets, an oak tree at sunset make a nice texas hill country landscape. The bluebonnet were growing in front of this wonderful old oak tree as the sunsets cast its golden ray through the fence giving a hint of light over the wildflowers. Spring is here and the bluebonnet is the first sign that it is here.

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Bluebonnet Sunset Glow – A cedar wood fence with texas bluebonnets, an oak tree at sunset make a nice texas hill country landscape. The bluebonnet were growing in front of this wonderful old oak tree as the sunsets cast its golden ray through the fence giving a hint of light over the wildflowers. Spring is here and the bluebonnet is the first sign that it is here. We have traveled the backroads of the hill country always searching for good locations and today we found another good spot for the perfect texas bluebonnet landscape. In Texas the bluebonnet along with other wildflowers start coming out in the southern part of the state around Feb and slowly move north through May. Then we have the summer wildflower that start popping up but most consider the bluebonnet as the main attraction if we can find other flowers thats even better, but we gotta see the blue bonnets or we feel empty without it. In any case this was a great catch for a traditional texas bluebonnet landscape, It been a pretty good year but it fading fast in the hill country all good things must come to and end. Well at least till next year!

 

Bluebonnet Sunset Landscape Pano – We came back here the next day and waited around for sunset to capture this image of this texas bluebonnet field in the Texas Hill Country in a panorama. The sunset was going down in the sky it create this violet pink colors across the sky over this lush field of bluebonnets for a great landscape scene from the texas hill country. This ranch with these texas bluebonnets just erupted when we were beginning to think the bluebonnet season was pretty much over in the Texas Hill country after a couple days of rain it just show up. So this wonderful field of texas wildflower with a sprinkling of indian paintbrush and poppies and of course mesquite growing along with the bluebonnet

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Bluebonnet Sunset Landscape Pano – We came back here the next day and waited around for sunset to capture this image of this texas bluebonnet field in the Texas Hill Country in a panorama. The sunset was going down in the sky it create this violet pink colors across the sky over this lush field of bluebonnets for a great landscape scene from the texas hill country. This ranch with these texas bluebonnets just erupted when we were beginning to think the bluebonnet season was pretty much over in the Texas Hill country after a couple days of rain it just show up. So this wonderful field of texas wildflower with a sprinkling of indian paintbrush and poppies and of course mesquite growing along with the bluebonnet The curving ranch road through the property added a little interest to this wonderful lush field of bluebonnet wildflowers in the hill country. Also note a rusted post with the horse shoe hanging on it, I suppose for good luck. Texans love their texas bluebonnets or lupines and this field is why we can’t get enough of them. They pop up year after year but not always in the same spot it kind of like a treasure hunt every year.

Texas Bluebonnets with Oak Tree – A wonderful old oak tree among a field of texas bluebonnets down near Poteet Texas south of San Antonio. There were a lot of field of wildflowers in this area but most had been overtaken by the poppies. There were a few in this field but it was the best we saw. All thats here is texas wildflowers bluebonnets, an oak tree, mesquite tree in the distance with a few poppies mixed in on this ranch in south texas.

 

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Texas Bluebonnets with Oak Tree – A wonderful old oak tree among a field of texas bluebonnets down near Poteet Texas south of San Antonio. There were a lot of field of wildflowers in this area but most had been overtaken by the poppies. There were a few in this field but it was the best we saw. All thats here is texas wildflowers bluebonnets, an oak tree, mesquite tree in the distance with a few poppies mixed in on this ranch in south texas.

Best Coastal Photos from the South

Check out some of the Best Coastal Landscape Photos from the Georgia Coast and Pensacola Florida. These are just a few images of our travels to Georgia and Florida.  We captured these images along the Georgia coast at Jekyll Island Driftwood Beach, St. Simon Island and Pensacola Beach in Florida.

#1 Driftwood Beach,  Georgia

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Driftwood Beach – On Jekyll Island in Georgia you find these wonderful beaches with these dead trees that somehow have managed to stay upright in the sands. What was neat was this beach looked like some foreign landscape with all the driftwood and the deadwood trees upright. it was kind of like you were on a different planet. Jekyll island has one section callled driftwood beach with these fabulous dead trees as the tide rolls in they are part of the ocean landscape. We did long exposures on several shot so that the water would get this smooth texture. There isn’t a lot of surf here so that helps. Before sunrise we made our way to the beach but the water greeted us almost as soon as we step on the beach. Yes the tide had come in. We took photos in the water but our tripod kept sinking which made it difficult sometimes. We like the way this capture the gnarly twisted tree with the deadwood at it base and the surf swirling around the tree. The sky was just lightingin up on Jekyll island at the driftwood beach when we got there and the color was just starting to show for the morning sunrise. Driftwood beach was why we came here we had seen some wonderful images and wanted to come and take some ourselves but four days is not enough. Jekyll island is part of the Golden Isles barrier islands on the Alantic Coast of Georgia. The barrier islands are Jekyll island, St. Simon island, Little St. Simon island, Sea Island, and Brunswic Georgia. This area is known for its driftwood beach and salt marshes.

#2 Sunrise Driftwood Beach,  Georgia

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Sunrise at Driftwood Beach – Jekyll Island driftwood beach with trees in the sand at sunrise. It was a beautiful morning sunrise with these fablous trees that seem to magicly grow from the sands along driftwood beach at Jekyll island. This has been a location we have wanted to go to for some time now. Driftwood beach or boneyard beach as some have coined the phase because of all the trees and limbs that seem to magically grow from the sands along the beach in this tree graveyard. This view of this tree at sunrise looks out over the Altantic Ocean something we never get to see. This old dead wood tree that is still planted in the sand gave some nice reflections along the wet sand at sunrise reflecting back the wonderful colors from the sky. Jekyll island is part of the Golden Isles of the Gerogia coast. The island gets its name from a short-lived Yamassee Indian village known as San Simon, which was established near Fort Frederica during the late 1660s to 1684. The English shorten the name later.

 

#3 Driftwood Beach B W, Georgia

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Driftwood Beach B W – Sunrise on Driftwood beach at Jekyll island was a spectacular site on the early morning at the beach in black and white. I love this image in black and white with only the driftwood, morning surf as the tide came in with the sunrise as it rays shoot into the sky through the clouds. It was difficult because the water was up to our knees and our tripods kept sinking in the wet sand but in the end we go the image. We have been wanting to come to Jekyll island to see the driftwood beach or boneyard beach as some call it for all the dead driftwood that wash up on the beach. There are many pieces of dead driftwood just laying around on the beach some were full grown dead trees and some just limbs and other pieces of deadwood. I think the most interesting part was the trees that were dead but were still standing upright and would be pounded daily as the surf and tide would flow in and out yet they still managed to stand. We did a long exposure to capture the surf as the tide came in creating this soft smooth surface over the water. It was difficult because the water was up to our knees and our tripods kept sinking in the wet sand but in the end we got the image. It was a lovely morning except for the midge flies biting. Evidently they don’t mind Off! They call this area the Golden Isles barrier island and jekyll is just part of this group of barrier islands in the Alantic coast. We hope that these dead trees can hang on for a long time in this unique beach landscape on Jekyll Island Georgia.

#4 Beach Seascape Georgia

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Ocean Serenity – This wonderful seascape taken in early morning right after sunrise presented a nice golden glow over the blue ocean. We had been taking image of the driftwood and this presented itself with these gentle blue waves as the tide was going back out along the beach made for a nice beach scene. This is an image with mostly a waterscape along the beach with the ocean waves as they gently roll in shortly after sunrise for this tranquil, serene beach scene for a nice waterscape along the georgia coast. This area of Georgia is known as the golden isles which is a group of barrier island on the alantic ocean which include Jeklly island, St. Simons island, and several others.


#5  Jekyll Island Marshland Sunset, Georgia

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Jekyll Island Marshland Sunset – We captured these wonderful marshland of Jekyll Island just as the sunset in the distance. We love the way these marsh create these tributaries though out. As the sun went down things got even better as the sun reflected back into the waters below. As we came into Jekyll Island area we noticed these wonderful marshlands on the way in and thought they were lovely and said we should photograph them and I am glad we did. Now we find that the area gets it name from these salt marshs as they change to a golden color during the colder season of the year. Also without these marsh wetlands there would be no shrimp industry here. So they are very important to ecosystem in the area.

 

#6 St. Simon Island Lighthouse, Georgia

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Sunrise at St. Simon Lighthouse – St. Simon island light house at sunrise along the Georgia coast in a panorama. This pano shows the lighthouse at sunrise with the alantic ocean in view. The St. Simons Lighthouse Museum is located near the village and pier area. The Lighthouse along with keeper’s dwelling were built in 1872 to replace the original lighthouse built in 1810 after it was destroy by the confederate. Now the lighthouse and keepers dwelling are part of the Lighthouse museum. You can climb the 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse and over the Alantic ocean and Jekyll island. It is still an active lighthouse and it light can go 23 miles out to sea and warns ship of the many sandbars and nearby hazards along the coast.

#7 Palms at Sunrise, St. Simmon Island Ga

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Palms at St. Simon Island Sunrise – St. Simon island at sunrise looking out over the Alantic Ocean along Neptune park walkway with these lovely palms along the beach was a nice scene. St. Simon Island is part of the Golden Isles barrier island and this village of around 12,000 inhabitants was very scenic place. It has it all the ocean, palms, sunrise, sunset, views, not to mention the lighthouse museum, the quaint town area with shops, restaurants right there along the alantic coast. What could be better. I had read that it was named the most romantic place to visit in Georgia. Now recently it received a lot of attention as a cargo ship capsized here which just created a frenzie to the St. Simon Pier to see the ship and watch the sunset there. You can see the ship which has been move on ground to be dis-assemble at the St. Simon Pier.

#8 Pensacola Lighthouse, Pensacola Florida

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Pensacola Lighthouse with Pelican – This was the Pensacola lighthouse pelican which is refered to as Jeremiah the Pelican which was an art project that was created in 2004 and this is one of serveral of them in the area. Pensacola is located in the florida panhandle and is known for the white sand beaches. The lighthouse is on the US Naval Base and is managed by Pensacola Lighthouse Association. Be sure to bring id for all adults to get on the base to go to the lighthouse. This lighthouse made the National Registry of Historical Place in 1974.

#9  Red Umbrellas, Pensacola Beach Florida

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Red Umbrellas at Pensacola Beach – Pensacola beach Florida have this beautiful white sand and emerald green waters and the red beach umbrellas and chairs popped against this backdrop with the blue sky this morning. To me it what you think of when you want to relax at a beach resort. In the distance you can see the pensacola beach gulf pier out over the emerald green waters. Pensacola beach is know for it white-sand beaches, emeral water and is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Pensacola Beach Boardwalk has shops, eateries, nearby, and the Pensacola Beach Pier stretches into the Gulf of Mexico. It is a top destination for travel.

#10 Emerald Waters, Pensacola Beach Florida

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Pensacola Beach with its emerald blue green waters along the white sandy beach is just what we were expecting. In this image you can see the Pensacola Gulf Pier along with the white sandy beach as people stroll along this beautiful beach in floriday. Pensacola beach is know for it white-sand beaches, emeral water and is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Pensacola Beach Boardwalk has shops, eateries, nearby, and the Pensacola Beach Pier stretches into the Gulf of Mexico.

#11  Lifeguard Station Sunset Pensacola Florida

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Pensacola Lifeguard Station Sunset – Sunset at Pensacola Beach with Lifeguard Station almost a silouette again the oranges, yellows, and pinks in the colorful sky. This scene at Pensacola beach at gulf. Pensacola Beach is a Florida resort community on the Gulf Coast barrier island of Santa Rosa. Pensacola beach is know for it white-sand beaches include Opal Beach, part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Pensacola Beach Boardwalk has shops, eateries and, nearby, the Pensacola Beach Pier stretches into the Gulf of Mexico. West is the 1834 Fort Pickens