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Lotus

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Texas, Texas Coastal Bend on July 8th, 2016 by judy

lotusflower

There is a pond in Rockport that is almost entirely covered by lotus. I managed to capture a few despite the strong wind…

Inside a Magnolia Blossom

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Texas on May 19th, 2016 by judy

Inside a Magnolia

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:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia

Anacua Tree in Infrared

Posted in B&W, Flowers and Plants, Infrared, Landscapes, Texas on May 11th, 2016 by judy

Anacua tree

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.

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!