Thunderbirds Salute 3 – We capture the Thunderbirds as they flew over our house on their way back toward Austin. The tribute they were making was for the nurses, doctors and all the staff that have been tireless working at great risk to themselves at hospitals and clinic thorugh out the USA. We were trilled to of capture these images. We were not sure if we would even see them but in hopefull anticipation we were ready with our cameras sitting out on our deck and they flew right over head. We both were firing our cameras at full speed but the big lens won the day with the best photos! The Thuderbirds came right overhead bringing this awesome sight and so we wanted to share these photo as we seldom take photos of jet because they go so really really fast!
Sunset Over Hill Country Bluebonnets – These Texas hill country bluebonnets capture the natural way wildflower grow every spring in this area. We captured this sunset sky over a field of Texas hill country bluebonnets with a backdrop of mesquite, oaks, and cedar trees. This was a hugh field of Texas bluebonnets on this ranch land that seem to pop at the end of the season after a rain event that seem to renew the wildflowers. We came back here many times because there were so many texas bluebonnets wildflowers for miles and miles in this area. These bluebonnets with a few poppies made a lovely texas landscape scene in the hill country. We love our bluebonnet in Texas but you never know where they might come up one year they will be so plentiful in some area and the next year you come back to the same area and nothing. Its always a mystery as to where they will show up we have been known to drive hundreds of miles looking for them every spring.
Texas Hill Country Wildflowers 2 – We came back to this location several times to capture Texas wildflowers as it was one of the better fields we found this year. This nice hill country image has bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush along hill so it was a nice look with the blue sky and wispy clouds. Texas hill country wildflowers are our favorite to capture because they are always are in such a natural setting. Texas wildflowers are very unpredictable as to where you will see them from one year to the next. We have gone to fields of bluebonnet that seem to be endless one year and the next year, not a flower in site This year was no exception except we had a lot of rain which did cause the grass to overtake the bluebonnets in some areas. This was one of the best locations this year so we came back several times. 3831
This nice rural hill country image has bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush along this hillside with the blue sky and wispy clouds. Texas hill country wildflowers are our favorite to capture because they are always are in such a natural setting. Texas wildflowers are very unpredictable as to where you will see them from one year to the next. We have gone to fields of bluebonnet that seem to be endless one year and the next year, not a flower in site This year was no exception except we had a lot of rain which did cause the grass to overtake the bluebonnets in some areas too quick. This was one of the best locations this year so we came back several times.
Texas Backroad Bluebonnets – We found this back country road in the Texas hill country with these lovely bluebonnets along this county road. This was our second trip to the area with a blue sky which gave us some nice contrast on the flowers. We had been traveling many of the backroad in the hill country looking for bluebonnets and wildflower before we found this road and we really like the bluebonnets in this area. Texas wildflowers are a seasonal thing that last a few weeks and one thing we have learn is that just when you think they have all gone to seed you may have a section somewhere that pops up later like these along this road. This too will pass as we notice they were starting to go seed by our seccond trip two days later so maybe we will see them again next year. We can only hope!
Bluebonnet Railroad Tracks Sunrise – We have come to this old abandoned rail road track in the past years, but this year instead of catching a sunset we decided to try for a sunrise and we got lucky. Today we had a great sunrise over this railroad tressel right before the sunrise pop over the horizon with some fantastic colors. I managed to get a few shot before some heavyier clouds moved in the predawn but cleared a bit for a sunrise shot later on. Any case the pre dawn sunrise over these bluebonnets were a great catch in the Texas hill country. Texas bluebonnets at the rail road track in the texas hill country is alway a reason to celebrate! We love our Texas Wildflowers that Lady Bird Johnson promote heavily in our state part of the highway beautification from fifty years ago.
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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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!