There is a pond in Rockport that is almost entirely covered by lotus. I managed to capture a few despite the strong wind…
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Magnolia trees are ancient. Wikipedia says they evolved before bees, although bees love them! Before the bee dieout, we could easily hear the millions of bees visiting the Magnolia from inside the house.
Magnolia flowers are so different from modern flowers! They not only look quite different, they also don’t bloom all at once, but spread out over quite a bit of time. The tree is huge, but some of the branches are low, so Gil was able to cut this one off so we could photograph it indoors.
Wikipedia about magnolia trees:
This is an anacua tree at Goliad State Park. Also known as the sandpaper tree because of the feel of its leaves, the tree lives in eastern Mexico and southern Texas. This is an infrared photograph.
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…
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.
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.
Another Pink Evening Primrose photograph taken on a light box. The flowers grow in our yard in Rockport, TX.
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!