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.
Fall Along Frio River Mural – This capture is our latest wall mural that was just installed at a San Antonio car dealer on the wall in their waiting room of an fall scene along the Frio river located in the Texas hill country. As soon as you walk in you can see this large mural on canvas. We had many photos here but the one we wanted to show was the one the large mural 15 by 12 foot installation. We were excited and thrilled to see it on the wall. We have two even larger murals in the works so we hope to show those after they are installed. We had previously shown how the image was printed out on a large printer and this is the final results from that. Thanks for looking. To see more images like this click here
Texas State Capitol 2 – The Texas State Capitol is a really pretty place with beautiful grounds and today was an exceptional nice sky. We saw these pretty white puffy clouds with a blue sky and said we need to go get some photo of the capital. The flowers were lovely from this view on the grounds with the capitol behind. This is the north side where they added some underground area for the offices, and a cafeterias which is open to the public. The Texas Capitol is visited by thousand of tourist every year and it is one of the top tourist attractions in Austin and is an iconic historical landmark site. The Capital building was built in 1888 of granite in the italian renaissance style and it is a National historic landmark. The Texas Capitol is located in downtown Austin on Congress ave. This captiol view is looking south toward the city The capital grounds sit on 22 acreas and are very lovely lush place to ejnoy the day.
Texas Hill Country Waterfall 2 – We came across this beautiful scene as the springs were flowing and created nice waterfalls over the rocky limestone in the Texas Hill country landscape from all the excess rains lately. It was a nice capture with this aqua blue green pool at the bottom as the water flowed in from over the rocky outcrops along it way creating theses great waterfall cascading down to the pool below. The the Texas hill country we have some wonderful places where you can find these nice waterfalls after a good spring rain like we had this year that created this wonderful oasis landscape.
Dallas Psychedelic Traveling Man – A whismical creation of the 38 foot tall stainless steel robot sculpture in digital psychedelic colors that is shown walking through the Dallas area in an area known as the Deep Ellum. The deep ellum is the area where the rail road had once thrived now it part of the transit rail line. The sculpture was created with element of that area such as the rivet that would of been used on the rail road tracks, the bird because the area had been know for song bird, the guitar shaped head to represent the music in the area and the long legs as his desire to travel and a piece of each is including in all the traveling man series. Each segment comes from the past stories about the area that the artist incorporated into the sculpture. All of these element are meant to tie the history of the area together with a whimsical theme. Here he towers above the city transit train station at 38 feet as he walks along with his little bird on his arm with Dallas skyline in the background in the Deep Ellum area. The Deep Ellum area is a popular area with restaurants, bars, music, along with art galleries and other shops in the area. This is the only one images of traveling man series in Dallas. There are two more traveling man series to be seen in the same area, the banjo playing traveling man and the birth of the traveling man.
Oak Tree and Texas Bluebonnets – A wonderful old oak tree among a field of texas bluebonnets down near Poteet Texas south of San Antonio late in the day as the sun sink lower in the sky. There were a lot of field of wildflowers in this area but most had been overtaken by the poppies. The poppies were introduced accidently about ten year ago we heard and unfortunely they have become invasive and in some place you will not see the wildflowers because the poppies have over taken over the areas. There were a few in this field but it was the best bluebonnets we saw since we were a little late to the party in this area. We like this field a lot and we took a few different shot from here. This image was just our beloved texas bluebonnets, an large oak tree, with sime mesquite tree along the fringes of the field with a few poppies mixed in on this ranch in south central area of the country for a nice Texas landscape. The texas bluebonnet is the state flower and begin with a small hard seed and over time the rain, wind will soften the seed so it can germinate in the fall and slowly over time it begins to take root and it bright green leave come out every spring usually from March to the end of April. That when it all begins and the flowers start to put on a spring show. No doubt that what happen in this great field of bluebonnets out south of San Antonio. We were lucky that they were allowed to grow in this field so we could capture this image. We look forward to the yearly show of bluebonnets that come out for such a short time.
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.
The Texas Capital in Austin looking south with the sun going down behind the clouds which are back lit nicely from the underside making for an impressive sky over the capitol grounds. The Texas Capital is visited by thousand of tourist every year and it is one of the top tourist attractions in Austin and is an iconic historical site. The Capitalin Austin building was built in 1888 of granite in the italian renaissance style and it is a National historic landmark. The Texas Capital in Austin is located in downtown on Congress ave. This captial view is looking south toward the city with the two taller buildings the Frost Bank and the tallest building in the city the Austonian behind the captial. The capital grounds sit on 22 acreas and are very nice place to ejnoy the day.
Golden Glow Over Bluebonnets – This was taken on the colorado river as the sunrise cast this golden glow over bluebonnets with these golden clouds cast their warm colors over this amazing field of wildflowers. Springtime in the Texas hill country is my favorite time because of all the wonderful wildflowers everywhere, especially when you come across a big field of bluebonnets like this it can be a magical landscape. These blueboonets were taken along the Colorado river in the Hill Country at sunrise as the sky and cloud had this golden glow. The Texas bluebonnets are a variety of blue wildflowers that grow in the State of Texas every spring which are of the genus Lupinus. Originally in 1901 the state declare only one blue bonnet the state flower however, in 1971 the Texas legislature declare that any flower found to be similar to Lupinus be declared the state flower. The name bluebonnet was from the look of the top of white part of the flower that was similar to the bonnet that woman wore on their heads in the pioneering days. The popularity of the blue bonnet grew after Lady Bird Johnson had push the Highway Beautification Act where she encorage everyone to plant native wildflowers along highways in the state. Today you can find wildflowers along many roads in Texas and the Texas Hill County has been known as one of the better places to find them. Bluebonnets love soil that drain wells and you will find them easily growing along the slopping areas along the roads. Of course some years are better than others but you don’t have to drive too far into the hill country to find them along the roads. It is almost that time for the bluebonnets to bloom anywhere between the middle of March to the middle of April depending on where and if we got the right amount of rain and sun here in central Texas. We also have other wildflowe that show up near the same time like Indian Paintbrush it changes year to year it is alway fun to see what will show up every spring.