Texas Bluebonnet

Spring time in Texas is heaven.  Or close to it.  Texas is covered in wildflowers at this time of year.  There are dozens and dozens of varieties but none so extraordinary as the bluebonnet.  Driving down back roads, one can see fields of blue stretching the tree lines.  But sometimes I like to take a look up close.  Bluebonnet flower at sunset, Chappell Hill, Texas.

Bluebonnet. Sigma 18-35 at 18mm. 1/320s at f/4.5.

Hartford, Connecticut

It was cold when I visited Hartford but I was in an old hotel building.  The windows opened.  So, if I leaned out just so…there was the state capital building.  Whatever it takes to get a shot, right?  The old capital building is a beautiful structure.

Connecticut State Capital. Tokina 35mm. 1/200s at f/8. Lightroom and SilverEfex.

Black Pearl Opens #2

Another blossom.  The rain has stayed away allowing these flowers to keep their beauty.  It is going to be a bumper crop of blossoms.  The other amaryllis in my garden are just as prolific.

Black Pearl Blossom #2. 90mm macro. 1/4s at f/16.

Black Pearl Bloom Opens

The color of the flower is very difficult to capture.  It is red with a dark purple, nearly black sheen.

Black Pearl Opens #1. 90mm macro. Lightroom and Nik ColorEfex. 1/4s at f/16.

The Black Pearl Bud

The Black Pearl Amaryllis is the big daddy of our amaryllis empire.  It makes large, dark blossoms with a velvety sheen.  The first buds are ready to blossom but there is rain in the forecast.  I hope it holds off long enough to enjoy these blossoms.  I’d cut them but I have a cat that loves greens of any kind so keeping the blossom indoors isn’t possible.

Black Pearl Bud. 90mm macro. 1/5s at f/16. SilverEfex and Lightroom.

Cottage Rose

I love flowers.  There.  I said it.  I became fascinated with them about 10 years ago.  Oh sure, I always thought flowers were pretty but now I find them deeply fascinating.  Here, I blame two people: my mother and my father.  My mother taught me about beauty and my father was a scientist.  So, my fascination with floral beauty is almost a study in how flowers are designed and the advantages different designs offer.  To that end, here is the cottage rose.  Every season, I try to follow the development of a flower.  If you go way back in my blog, you’ll notice a lot of amaryllis.  In the winter months, the calendula is constantly fascinating.  Now, we’ll see how long the cottage rose lasts.  I bought the flower this past weekend and took a quick snap.  I’ll plant it in a pot until I understand how it deals with the hot, Texas sun.

Cottage Roses. 1/160s at f/2. Sigma 18-35 at 35mm. Lightroom.

Independence Hall, Texas

Texas declared its independence from Mexico in 1836 in the tiny town of Washington on the Brazos.  Much of the original town has disappeared although a more modern town exists.  The original area is now a state park and among the structures is a recreation of the original Independence Hall.  There are guided tours and in March and April, it is a very pleasant place to visit situated in the middle of wildflower country.

Independence Hall Entrance, Texas. 1/320s at f/8. D7100 +12-24 at 14mm. Lightroom.

Independence Hall, Texas. 1/320s at f/8. D7100 with Tokina 12-24 at 14mm. Lightroom.


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