Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ennis Bluebonnet Trails 2016: Wildflowers

Sunrise was beautiful. And the animals were a nice surprise. But I drove to Ennis last Saturday primarily to shoot wildflowers.

And shoot wildflowers I did.

Texas Bluebonnets
Low clouds on the horizon obscured the sun shortly after sunrise, resulting in scenes like this one along Sugar Ridge Road where the light was more diffuse than directional.

Texas Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush
Then the sun briefly found a hole in the clouds, and warm, golden light nicely lit up Indian Paintbrush and Texas Bluebonnets from the east.  Same spot, but a very different look.

Texas Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush
While the sun was still low, the colors stayed nice and vibrant without getting blown out.

Texas Bluebonnet and Evening Primrose
The sun retreated again all too soon, but a thick roadside patch of Evening Primrose sprinkled with Bluebonnets along Union Hill Road still beckoned.

Evening Primrose
The pink, white, and yellow Primrose flowers are a wonderful sign of spring.

Evening Primrose
The texture in these Primrose petals is all the more striking in black and white.

Texas Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush
When you can get a fence post in your shot, you're really saying "Texas."

Even with the fields not quite at peak, the early wake-up call and long drive were once again completely worth it!

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