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.
Bluebonnet Sunset Through the Fence – A cedar wood fence with bluebonnets, and an oak tree at sunset make a nice texas Hill country landscape. The bluebonnet were growing in front of this wonderful old oak tree as the sunsets cast its ray through the cedar fence giving a hint of light over the wildflowers. This is what it looks like in the Texas hill country in springtime or we call it bluebonnet season. Spring is here and the bluebonnet is the first sign that it is here. We have traveled thousand of mile over the backroads of the hill country always searching for good locations and today we found another good spot for the perfect texas bluebonnet landscape. In Texas the lupine or bluebonnet along with other wildflowers start coming out in the southern part of the state around Feb and slowly move north through May. Then we have the summer Texas wildflowers that start popping up but most consider the bluebonnet as the main attraction if we can find other wildflowers that even better, but we gotta see the blue bonnets or we feel empty without it. In any case this was a great catch for a traditional texas bluebonnet landscape, its been a pretty good year so far but it fading fast in the hill country all good things must come to and end. Well at least till next year!
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.
Texas Bluebonnet Sunset Panorama – Texas Bluebonnet Wildflowers Landsape Flower Print
We were lucky to capture this wonderful field of a Texas bluebonnet sunset with a sprinkling of Indian paintbrush wildflowers with these hay bales with this great colorful sky with oranges, and pinks in this rural 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.
Bluebonnet sunrise along the river just as the sun ray pop over the horizon to wish us good morning. The Texas bluebonnet is the most popular wildflower as people come from long way off just to see them. I have met people who traveled from California who came to see the bluebonnets here. Of course not all years are great it has to do with the fall rains not enough and these hardy plants may not show their best, but just wait a year and maybe the next year will do it. In any case the Texas bluebonnet is still the most popular wildflower people have festival for them, name their towns as the bluebonnet capital so who are we to question them. We loved the tranquility of this image with the sunrise over the water and a nice field of bluebonnets with a tents along the river edge. Spring time in the Texas hill country can be magicali f your in the right place and it bluebonnet season. Lady Bird started this with her Highway Beautification Act and we are so happy she did!
Houston skyline over Buffalo Bayou at sunrise just as the the golden glow of the sun rays pops through the high rise buildings in this panorama on this early morning. The bayou in the city runs from Katy Texas east through Houston about 53 miles through the city and to the ship channel and out in the gulf of mexico. At one time the bayou were not so welcoming a place but the city cleaned it up and added several parks along the water and now it is a very popular place to visit as they have added hike and bike routes, skate parks, volley ball and many other new feature in the parks to make it more attactive place to visit. Also they hold concerts and other events here through out the year.
We capture this Dallas Margaret Hunt Hill bridge at sunrise as a sun rays just pop up over the rail in the early morning in downtown with a city skyline in view. The sky filled with these clouds with wonderful pink and orange colors in the morning light over the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge. The Dallas Margaret Hunt Hill bridge has become a popular spot for locals and tourist alike, it is a beautiful bridge that is 400 ft high, which was designed by Santiago Calatrava the first part of the Trinity project. The bridge was complete in 2012 and has become a major landmark and iconic structure that has become a part of the cities skyline images that draw tourist and locals alike. Dallas skyline has some of the tallest skyscrapers like the Bank of America, Fountain Plaza, Chase Tower, and the popular Reunion Tower. The population for Dallas is almost 2 million but the Dallas Fort Worth area or DFW has a population over 7 million. Dallas got it root from the railroad when it was a major inland transportation hub for cotton, cattle and later on oil. It is now a modern city with some of the tallest buildings in Texas second only to Houston. It is the third most populous city in Texas after Houston and San Antonio. There are many fortune 500 companies in Dallas such as AT&T, Southwest Airlines, Sprint, 7 Eleven, and many other tech companies, which has seal Dallas as leader in the business world. It also has a vibrant art district.