Texas Hill Country River Sunset Pano – The sun was just setting and back lit these clouds which were reflected nicely into the water along the river. The Texas river is a tributary of the Colorado river and flows approximately 106 miles into Central Texas region. The river flow through the hill country from springs near Kimble County east through Fredericksburg through Blanco County through Stonewall, Johnson City, and continues it flow into Lake Travis on the west side of Travis County in Central Texas. We capture this right at sunset and got some nice colors in the sky which was reflected in the waters. There are some moments when the beauty of the hill country really shine through and that is as the sun sets in the west or as the sunrises in the east. If you have a body or water, rivers or some hills it can be a magical landscape image. Texas scenery has lots of variety it can go from the desert landscape to the swamps of east Texas, or mountains of big bend to the farmland in the heart of the state. No matter where you go the scenery will change to something new and exciting.
The bluebonnets and wildflowers season this year was not the stellar years of the past in the Texas hill country but it did have it moments where there were some beautiful flowers to be found! Below are some of our favorites wildflowers for this year we found in our drive through out the texas hill country in 2021!
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.
Bluebonnets in the Texas Hill Country – We came across this lush field of bluebonnets in the Texas Hill Country outside of Llano on a back road in the hills. We had been traveling for over a month trying to find nice fields of bluebonnet wildflowers on these back roads. On this day 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 along this curved road. These are texas bluebonnets lupines 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 they seem to be a little better so far this year. We love our bluebonnets in Texas we have festivals for them, we sell everything with bluebonnets on them including coffee cups, water bottles, T-shirt and pretty much anything you can think of! Bluebonnets start showing up around Texas in February down in the Big Bend area and around some coastal areas south of San Antonio. We were on my way down to beach for a friend birthday party in February and there were already blooming bluebonnets on IH35 going south from San Antonio even though that was more than a month early from when we see normally see them in the hill country. As a general rule the best time to see the Bluebonnets can be any time between the end of March and end of April. They might still be around but the grasses start to overtake the bluebonnet by the end of April, however all is not lost as other wildflowers will start showing up in May and June.
Rural Covered Bridge Fall – On the back roads of the Ozark we found this covered Bridge with all the autumn colors around it. In this scene this old bridge sets the stage for this wonderful fall scenery as it cross over the buffalo river below. The sugar maples seem to surrounded this old bridge just for this picture perfect moment for a beautiful scene. This area is part of the Ozarks National Forest in Arkansas from some of the back roads along this scenic drive. Fall in arkansas was a real surprise as this year trees really puts on a show with some fantastic fall scenery and color that we never knew was so close to us. Our plan was to go to the Smoky mountains but the weather wasn’t working out so we reschedule for Arkansas and it did not disappoint us with great fall colors.
We were lucky to capture this wonderful sunset over this field of Texas bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush with these hay bales with this great sun set colors of orange, and pinks in the sky in this rural setting wildflower landscape. We came across them accidentally driving the back roads of Texas and we were allowed to come on to the farm property and photograph them for several days. These were the fullest field of bluebonnets we found this year. A great field of flower so of course we came back for a sunrise photo too. You don’t see bluebonnets fields with hay bales like this in our area so this was a unique find in our quest for all images of Texas wildflowers. When it comes to bluebonnets wildflowers Texans including myself go a little nuts over them, people come from all over to see them, take selfies in them, do family portraits, and for many other reason. In any case it is a very popular spring flower and there are people who follow the yearly wildflower reports like a bible just to find the best of the best every year. Now every years is not a bumper crop so it really depends on the weather, amount of rain we receive in the fall and again in the spring. The bluebonnets Lupines or Lupinus Texensis are the state flower of Texas. However, all lupines or considered the state flower in Texas. There are several other types in Texas such as the Lupinus Havardi or Big Bend Bluebonnet, the Lupinus Argenteus or silvery lupine, and several more but the most popular for most people is the ones in this field the Lupinus Texensis. As long as there are bluebonnets in Texas we will continue our quest to capture the best of the best every year.
We captured this panorama of an Austin Oasis restaurant and sunset at Lake Travis. The restaurant is located in far west Austin at the foothills of the Texas Hill Country on Lake Travis. The Oasis restaurant likes to promote itself as the “Sunset Capital of Texas” with it decks facing west for maximum sunset views. The restaurant sit on a bluff about 450 feet over the lake overlooking the big bowl at the lake. Lake Travis is part of the Highland lakes, after Mansfield dam was built in 1942 it became the largest reservoir for water storage creating the largest area of water where the Oasis overlook is. The Oasis restaurant is popular with locals and tourist and it not uncommon to find buses lined up in the parking lot. It has become a destination for people traveling in this area of the Hill Country to visit to capture a peak at the sunset. Most people who live in Austin will tell you The sunsets view from this location are great anytime of the year. The Oasis restaurant has been here for thirty years, but in 2005 a lightning fire destroyed parts of the structure but it was back in business about two weeks later over time the portion that had burn down was re-built and expanded for maximun sunset views. This Lake is one of the largest reservoir of water along the Highland lakes. http://www.beecreekphoto.com/blog/sunset-lake-travis/
Check out our latest capture of a Lake Travis sunset. This is another capture of this great sunset over Lake Travis. Today we had a full lake and nice sky right before the sunset and gave us this beautiful sky. The Lake was built as a reserve on the Colorado river which holds excess waters from flash floods. Lake Travis is the largest storage of water in the Highland Lakes. The reserve was built in 1942 after the construction of Mansfield dam near Austin by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). The lake goes from Austin upstream for 65 miles along the Colorado river. Lake Travis was not designed for recreation use but it is one of the most populars places to boat, swim, fish, picnicking, suba diving along with many other activities because of it clear waters. This area of Lake Travis is also a scenic location overlooking the big bowl of the lake. Tourist and locals come here to try and capture one of the spectacular sunsets. This area is located at the foothills of the Texas Hill Country near Austin and it is a great place to capture a piece of the Texas scenic landscape anytime of the year. This image looks wonderful on canvas or metal prints click below to see pricing.