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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Sunrise on Driftwood Beach – On Jekyll Island in Georgia you find these wonderful beaches with these driftwood and 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 still upright in the sand it look unworldly. I guess it was kind of like you were on a different planet. Jekyll island is know for its driftwood beach with these fabulous dead trees as the tide rolls in they become 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. 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 lighting up on Jekyll island at the driftwood beach sunrise began and the color was just starting to show in the morning sky with some yellow, oranges, blues and purples. Driftwood beach was why we came to this area 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.
Red Umbrellas at Pensacola Beach – Pensacola beach Florida has 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 in the southern USA.
Scenic Fall Frio River – We captured this scenic fall frio river on one of our many trips this year into the hill country to capture the autumn season in Garner State Park and nearby areas. The image of the bald cypress which were turning different shades of orange, to rusty red color for the fall season and gave some nice reflections in the water we thought gave the feeling of serenity. I think this is one of my many favorites fall landscape from here from this location in the texas hill country, This fall landscape image of these wonderful cypress tree was the winning part of this image. In the Texas hill country. we don’t have a big fall season, but this year turn out very nice for the Texas Hill country. It is alway dependent on weather condition not being too hot or dry then we can get see some nice autumn colors in the area. In Texas we go from drought to floods not to mention the temperature can affect the color changes. So if our summers not too bad and we get a little more rain then we can see some fall colors changes on some years. If not then the leave will fall off before they change colors. Always a delicate dance with mother nature. Luckily for us this year looks like we are getting some nice color. Getting to the park when it open was the best time to capture the best light. The light was soft, and with no wind the water was still and we captured some excellent reflections of the bald cypress up the Frio River in the Garner with nice blue skies and whispy clouds. Cypress trees turn a golden shade and then turn a rusty red right before they go brown and fall off. Garner State Park is a popular park and it visited year round by many people in some cases they close the park before noon for day visiters especially in the summer time because as usual it is loved to death. Still it worth a visit to the Texas Hill country no matter what time of year it is.