Big Bend Bluebonnets with Mule Ear – One last Big Bend bluebonnets photo from our trip to Big Bend National Park in February this year. This show the bluebonnets with an octillo and shrubs with Mule Ear in the background. 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. This is a desert so you expect to find octillos and shrubs cactus but the bluebonnet just gave this barren landscape life. The bluebonnets in Big Bend are a special lupine that can grow several feet tall and thrive in this hostile environment and this year was the first time we have seen them like this, just the right amount of rain in the fall and other conditions that were just right led to the best blooms we have ever seen here in the last ten years we have been coming to the park.
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 unique show.
Big Bend Bluebonnets Wildflowers- Big Bend bluebonnets in the Big bend National Park as the wildflowers climb up the mountain sides a rare sight. 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 mountain 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. This is what makes them a little more hardy for the harsh weather conditions in west texas. 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 small patches along the roads. We are glad we made the eight hour drive down to catch them before they are gone.
Chiso Mountains Overlook – Chiso Mountains Overlook in Big Bend National Park. This is one of those awesome views you get when you first drive into Big Bend National Park but timing is crucial to get a good shot from here. Finally we had all the right elements to capture the Chiso mountain range from this area. We have come through many times when the light is not good for a shot but today it worked. After a short hike I was able to find this wonderful prickly pear to help frame my photo so I was more than happy with the results. The Chiso mountains was formed by a volcanic event millions of years ago and in this image you can see the V or window as it is called with a view into the basin. Big Bend National Park is an American national park located in West Texas, bordering Mexico. The park has national significance as the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States. The park was named after a large bend in the river, and the Texas—Chihuahuan Desert is part of Big Bend and includes northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. Chiso is the only mountain range in the United States to be fully contained within the boundary of a national park. It is also the southernmost mountain range in the mainland United States. The highest point in the Chisos Mountain range is Emory Peak at 7,825 ft above sea level.
Llano River Bridge Sunset Pano – The Llano bridge pano in the Texas Hill Country as the sunset in the west. The Llano river runs through this small town in the heart of the Texas hill country with a lot water dam. This popular place has a lot of tourism from its bluebonnets along the roads, to hunting and fishing and other recreation in the area. The Llano river has seen a lot of flooding over the years since it was built in 1930 and just recently another flood occured and the waters went to the bottom of the bridge but it withstood the stress but a bridge futher downstream in Kingsland collapsed from the October 2018 flood.
360 Bridge After Dark – Austin 360 Bridge at dark with a little color still left in the sky from the sunset as the car trails cross the bridge. The 360 bridge is a popular spot to photograph the sunset but it is also a heavyily used road that why I did a long exposure to show how busy this road is as it is a connection from north to south of the city as the car trail show after dark not someplace to be at 5 pm if you can help it. This is on the edge of the Texas hill country near Austin with Lake Austin for boating, picnicing and other recreational activities so it is a popular place.
Bluebonnet Images – Bluebonnets Sunset at Lake – A thick field of Texas bluebonnets taken at sunset near a lake as the cloud backlight with these pink colors across the sky . The sky reflected the colors into the water below as the sunset in the west. These bluebonnet wildflowers were wonderful this year they created a blanket of blue flowers over this field for a beautiful Texas landscape. This was one of the best years for bluebonnets everywhere in texas. The bluebonnet fields seem to be carpeted in lupines or blue bonnets that were so thick never have I seen them this good. Every year its a new wait and see what the texas wildflowers will be.
San Antonio Skyline from San Pedro Creek – San Pedro Creek with San Antonio Skyline Images. You can see the new Frost Tower, Tower of Americas, Drury Hotel, Wydam Hotel, BBVA Compass bank, and many more downtown high rise buildings along this spectacular new boardwalk. This new edition to the city is a restoration project re-storing San Pedro Creek’s natural environment and creating a world-class linear park. The city is famous for it riverwalk, Alamo, and other spanish missions to name a few now this lastest edition along San Pedro Creek will only add to the citys charm.
San Antonio Skyline Night Pano – San Antonio Skyline Night Pano we took from a good distance from the downtown. This San Antonio skyline has the new Frost Tower along with all the other city landmarks like the tallest building in the city the Tower of Americas, the Life Tower, the marriort, and the many building with the colorful lights on them. San Antonio is the second most populated city in Texas it is located in central texas on the edge of the hill country. Many toursit come here to visit the Alamo, or to visit the lively riverwalk not to mention the mission park through out the city or some of the sporting event held at the Alamodome.
San Antonio Skyline Twilight – This is our latest San Antonio Skyline Twilight image we took from a good distance from the downtown actually over 6 miles. San Antonio is a difficult place to get good skyline pictures but I think this one did the job. This San Antonio skyline has the new Frost Tower in which is the latest edition to the city plus this picture also has other city landmarks like the tallest building the Tower of Americas at 750 feet, the Life tower the first skyscraper at 404 feet, the Marriott Hotel, and the many other high-rise buildings many with colorful lights on them in the skyline. San Antonio is the second most populated city in Texas it is located in central texas on the edge of the texas hill country. Many tourist come here to visit the Alamo, or to visit the lively riverwalk not to mention the mission park through out the city. This image is also available in a panorama.