I am ready for Spring. We've survived Snowpocalypse 2021, I took the Moderna vaccine (the second shot kicked my arse), and now I'm ready for things to warm up. This has been a challenging last few months, and I'm hopeful we're rounding a corner. I'm not as hopeful for the upcoming bluebonnet season. The lack of rainfall this past autumn and winter has not helped with spring's blooms. On our land, we have about 1/3 of the rosettes we usually have. The good news is that for those seedlings that sprouted, nearly all seemed to have survived the single-digit temperatures from a few weeks ago. Many of our oak trees were not so lucky, and we've been pruning the dead and broken branches the past several days.
I was supposed to be at Big Bend this weekend, but the first game of my daughter's soccer season was moved up to this weekend, and I wanted to be at that (they won 7-1). I was looking forward to getting out and shooting again, but alas, I'll hopefully get out next week.
In the meantime, I've spent time perusing work from the past few years. In a nice surprise, I found a sunset photograph from the top of Lost Mine Trail in Big Bend National Park. It is an easy 5-mile round trip to this look-out, all of it a gradual slope. From here, Casa Grande Peak rises into the sky and Juniper Canyon stretches out far below:
A few more photographs from Big Bend include one from the unmarked Tornillo Flats. The first one (below) shows one of the hidden hoodoos at sunset:
And this image takes in a view overlooking the Rio Grande River as the Chisos Mountains are silhouetted by the setting sun in the distance:
One of my favorite state parks, Palo Duro Canyon, always has so much to offer. One of the iconic hikes in the park is the Lighthouse Trail, an easy 6-mile round trip walk through a wide red-rocked valley. This single hoodoo stands as a sentinel at the end of the hike. The views from up here spread out across the valley, and if you stay until sunset, you'll likely have the place to yourself.
Last, a bit closer to home in the Hill Country, the Pedernales River winds through a valley of limestone at Pedernales Falls State Park. The sun's last rays of light and color light up the evening sky.
One last photo which has been modified through the brilliance of photoshop is a landscape from Big Bend. The sky and moon, if you looked hard and long enough, almost resembled a Texas flag. I had a client asked if I could work with it to bring out the flag look, so here is what I came up with:
I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. Even though I'm fully vaccinated, I'll be wearing a mask to help keep others safe. Have a good month of March!
Safe Travels, Texas.