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Firewheel with Bee

Posted in Animals, Flowers and Plants, Hill Country on May 1st, 2016 by judy

Fire Wheel with Bee

Blanket flower, Firewheel, Gaillardia — all names for this beautiful flower that is blooming nearly everywhere, it seems, in the Hill Country now.  It’s also good to see a bee.  A real bee.  They seem to have become so rare…

Antelope Horns Milkweed

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Hill Country, Nature, Texas on April 30th, 2016 by judy

Antelope Horns Milkweed

This is Antelope Horns Milkweed, a favorite food for monarch butterflies.

Oaks beside a pond

Posted in B&W, Flowers and Plants, Infrared, Landscapes, Texas, Texas Coastal Bend on April 27th, 2016 by judy

Oaks beside a pond

The graceful lines of these oak trees attracted me to try to photograph them with the pond in the foreground. This is the rookery area near Goose Island State Park, now inside a gated community development. This photo was taken with my infrared camera. An infrared photograph taken in sunlight turns most green leaves white, which in this case emphasizes the lines of the tree trunks and branches in a way a normal photograph would not.

White Iris

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Hill Country, Texas on March 28th, 2016 by judy

White Iris

These white iris grew in our courtyard in Wimberley.  The photograph was taken on a light box and processed with Topaz Glow to bring out details and edges.

Paintbrush and Bluebonnets

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Texas on March 28th, 2016 by judy

Paintbrush and Bluebonnets

Photographed on a light box and then manipulated with various tools…

Pink Evening Primrose

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Texas on March 24th, 2016 by judy

Pink Evening Primrose

Another Pink Evening Primrose photograph taken on a light box.  The flowers grow in our yard in Rockport, TX.

Thistle

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Texas on March 23rd, 2016 by judy

Thistle

We found thistles like this one out on Cape Valero yesterday.   We had never seen anything like them before nor could I find images like them on the internet.  The single stem with multiple flower buds came out of rather flat (green colored) rosettes.  The color is a bit exaggerated in this evening photo, but not only the buds but also everything on the stems was very pinkish.  Very striking plant!

White Prickly Poppies

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Texas on March 23rd, 2016 by judy

on a light box

Went out today to harvest some white prickly poppies from the roadside in order to shoot them on the lightbox. Interesting plants. Very delicate petals, very translucent, but the stem and leaves are very prickly. You must have gloves to work with them! Still very windy in Rockport today.

Pink Evening Primrose and Jasmine

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Texas on March 23rd, 2016 by judy

Primrose and Jasmine

This is my first attempt to photograph flowers on a lightbox. I learned about this technique from photographer Harold Davis. It works best if the flowers are a bit translucent, which the primrose are. Primrose are blooming in our yard and lots of other places in Rockport, TX right now. I hate to pink flowers, but I have to do it for this… It’s been VERY windy here recently making it almost impossible to photograph flowers in their nature habitat anyway.

Bluebonnets and Paintbrush

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Texas on March 16th, 2016 by judy

Bluebonnets and Paintbrush

March 14, 2016.  Lots of paintbrush and some bluebonnets on TX 80 and then 183 on the way to Rockport.   I like it when I can find mixtures of flowers rather than a bed of bluebonnets and then a bed of paintbrush…