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.
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.
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.
Fall in the Texas Hill Country – Texas hill country landscape canvas and prints – This is the clear waters of the Frio River as it flow downstream from Garner State Park with the cypress trees and maple trees lining the river showing their fall color on this day. The sun was just at the right level to send it rays through this cypress tree and shine down into the river and show all the river rocks. Autumn in the Texas hill country is my favorite time of the year it can be colorful as the cypress turn this rusty shade of orange to red and the maple change from yellow to orange along the blue green waters of the Frio river in this texas landscape. In the background you can see Old Baldy from the other side of Garner State Park a favorite climbing spot for many to the area.
Fall at Garner State Park – Texas Landscape Fall Prints and Canvas – The long branches of the cypress trees stretch out their limbs over the Frio river as it flows downstream toward the Old Baldy before it makes a turn downstream. You can see the fall rusty red colors in the cypress trees along the bank of the Frio. The sun was shining on the other side and you can see the color changes of the maples and reflect the colors back into the waters. After some heavy rains the water was flowing on the Frio river through Garner State Park so the cypress were in the water so I waded out into the cold waters and capture this image so I could capture Old Baldy in the back ground in this photo.
Heavenly Texas Hill Country Blue Bonnets – Texas Wildflower Landscapes Canvas and Prints – Remembering this particular year of wildflowers I mean what could be better than the Texas hill country blue bonnets in spring and on this year with what seems to be endless field of flowers before you it hard to beat. Seeing this many bluebonnets in one place can bring out all kind of thing out in a photographer, its like your a kid in a candy store. Muleshoe Park which is an LCRA park along the Colorado river was overrun with bluebonnet wildflower on this particular spring. For us it meant several trips to try and capture these spectacular Texas Hill Country blue bonnetit before they were gone or at least before they were driven over and destroyed by all the cars,trucks and people who showed up for the wildflowers event. I think we arrived in the knick of time and capture this wonderful image just as the sun was setting over this field of bluebonnet wildflowers. Did not hurt that we were able to capture this wonderful sunset with it heavenly glow of orangse and pink colors in the sky with the Texas Hill Country and blue bonnets wildflowers for the perfect day. All you can see in this landscape is a field of endless bluebonnets wildflowers with the saltgrass growing along the bountries in Muleshoe Park. How this happen we are not sure but the area had been under drought condition this year and the water dropped leaving this area exposed again and I guess the seeds had washed into the lake and were sitting just waiting for some sunlight so some good can come out of a drought, who knew. This year was by far the best field of bluebonnets I have ever seen and unfortunately the second year this area at the park did not come back with bluebonnets, but the other side still of the park had enough flowers to satisfiy most. These bluebonnets only lasted till the drought lifted and then they were again covered by waters of the Colorado river and gone. They have never come back like this since only small patches along the waters edge. In my opnion this years crop of bluebonnet which was only around for two year was and is the Best Images of Texas Hill Country Bluebonnets we have ever had the opportunity to photograph. I might be a little bias.
Texas Hill Country Wildflower Landscape – Texas Wildflowers Landscape on Canvas, Metal, or Prints –
A field of firewheels or indian blanket wildflowers as far as the eye can see in the Texas Hill country. We lucked upon this field of wildflowers as we were on a road trip into the hill country to capture river images. However getting off track presented us with this endless field of beautiful indian blankets wildflowers with this great tree. The firewheel another name for the indian blanket is an annual flowering plant that blooms through May through August in Texas. The flower can be red with yellow on the tips to completely red. They get their name because they seem to form a blanket over the landscape. They grow up to two feet high and are very drought tolerant so they can hang around in the hottest and driest terrain, if they have enough water and the right soil they can pop up all summer. This field of texas wildflowers seem to be endless. We went back a week later hoping to take some more photos and they were pretty much already going to seed so glad we capture this while there.
Guadalupe River Sunset Landscape – Canvas, Metal, and Prints Landscape –
A waterfall along the Guadlupe river at sunset in the Texas Hill Country. Using a long exposure of the waterfall coming over the dam soften the water as it flow over the dam in the heart of Texas Hill Country. If there is anything Texan like it their outdoors activities on the rivers and lakes. When you our out in nature with the birds, trees, and running water it give you sense of adventure as we listened to the roar of the river as it flowed over the dam head on the guadalupe river today. The guadalupe river run from Kerr county to the gulf of mexico. The upper part of the river is mostly smaller faster streams with bank of limestone usually lined with Pecan trees or bald cypress. The lower part begins at the Canyon Dam and run through New Braunfel where even more rafting takes place then down to the coast to San Anotonio Bay. The water flow is controled by Canyon Dam depending on the amount of rain it has received.