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Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Posted in Animals, Hill Country, Texas on May 25th, 2015 by judy

Black Swallowtail

So happy to see a few butterflies this year!  In the first few springs we lived here there were SO MANY butterflies!  It was wonderful.  Then things went wrong for them I guess.  Hard winter frosts made many of the plants they like die back to the ground and hence bloom much later.  Other things have been blooming earlier due to warmer weather.  Whatever it was, there have been very few butterflies.  This year a few more, and I was very happy to find this black swallowtail yesterday.  It is not perfect — it seems to have lost one of its tails…   It is enjoying a Mexican Hat flower.   We planted some wildflower seeds in the yard a few years ago and the Mexican Hats took over.  They are beautiful this time of year — a sea of yellow and green.

White Prickly Poppies line drawing

Posted in B&W, Flowers and Plants, Hill Country, Texas on May 19th, 2015 by judy

White Prickly Poppies

This is a kind of line drawing version of White Prickly Poppies (see below).  The feeling is totally different from the original or the version below where I tried to pull out the transparent character of the petals, but still I think interesting.

They are now at their peak now in this part of the  Hill Country and  you often see clumps of these beautiful plants along the road.  We are lucky to have a number of them on our property.  This photo, however, was taken earlier in the spring on Willow City Loop near Fredericksburg.

Stilt

Posted in Animals, Birds, Texas, Water on May 14th, 2015 by judy

Stilt

We were in Rockport, Texas, for a quick trip and Nan and Donald took us birding for a couple of hours.  They had had a huge deluge 2 nights before.  There was water everywhere, on the roads, in the fields.  And one of the birding sites was closed.  But we did find a few at this location, including this Stilt.

Fungus Among Us

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Texas on May 13th, 2015 by judy

Fungus Among Us

We found these beautiful large fungi on the dead half of a tree in Ingleside, Texas.  Of course I couldn’t resist capturing them!

Blue Hole II

Posted in Hill Country, Landscapes, Texas, Water on April 18th, 2015 by judy

Blue Hole II

I prefer this softened, more romantic version of the Blue Hole photograph.  It makes me feel more like what I felt when I was there than the sharp version.  Maybe it’s because the water and the leaves are constantly moving but the camera captures just one instance and freezes it as a sharp version of a world that is in fact in constant motion.

Blue Hole

Posted in Hill Country, Landscapes, Texas on April 18th, 2015 by judy

Blue Hole

Today was Arts Fest at Blue Hole in Wimberley.  We’ve had nice rain and being at Blue Hole was like being in a sea of green with the cypress canopy above reflecting into the waters of Cypress Creek.    I must say the photograph right out of my camera did not give me the same feeling as I had when standing on the bank of Cypress Creek, so I went to work on it.  This is the sharp version of my attempts to impart the feeling I had when standing there this evening.

White Prickly Poppies

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Hill Country, Nature, Texas on April 15th, 2015 by judy

White Prickly Poppies

White Prickly Poppies in a field of blueobnnets at Willow City Loop, April 2015.  I processed them to better bring out the transparent character of their petals.

Boots ‘n Bluebonnets II

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Hill Country, Texas on April 12th, 2015 by judy

Boots and Bluebonnets

The second Boots ‘n Bluebonnets picture.  Willow City Loop, April 2015.

Boots ‘n Bluebonnets

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Hill Country, Texas on April 4th, 2015 by judy

Boots n Bluebonnets

Willow City Loop near Fredericksburg, TX. April 3, 2015.  Very good year for wildflowers!

Bluebonnets 2015

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Hill Country, Nature, Texas on April 2nd, 2015 by judy

Bluebonnets-2015-II

FM306 between Purgatory Road and New Braunfels.