Texas Bluebonnets

I was trying to be organized by doing a scouting trip earlier in the week to look for locations to take some photos of a sunrise over a field of Texas Bluebonnets.  One thing we didn’t count on, though, was the forces of nature.

Peter and I drove about 40 minutes South to Ennis, TX which is the state’s mecca for bluebonnets.  The city of Ennis has a whole page on their website packed with bluebonnet information and I highly recommend looking over it prior to a trip.  We followed the North Trail, which is nicely marked with signs along the roads, hoping for that perfect location.  The scenery is beautiful, as are the ridiculous amounts of bluebonnets.  There are also ranch homes, horses, and cattle to admire as you slowly drive on the trail.  We found our perfect spot toward the end of our journey, and excitedly pulled over to take a look.


Peter snapping a few photos.

With our location picked, we checked the weather forecast and the approximate time of sunrise and then settled on our day.

This morning, I picked up Peter at 5:30am.  Neither of us is a morning person but the excitement of photography nerdry powered us through.  We arrived at 6am to pitch black, where all you could hear were frogs croaking in a nearby pond.  At least, we hope they were frogs!  There was also a lot of wind, which doesn’t play nicely with cameras on tripods doing slow shutter speeds.  (Your images will have some blur in them.)  The other obstacle we faced was the cloud cover.  The forecast said partly cloudy, but it most certainly was not.

Disappointed, we did our best.  Mother Nature often has her own ideas.  Peter and I managed to get a few photos we were happy with, so all-in-all the journey was a success.  (Click on any of these to see larger versions.)

Taken with a 30 second exposure, hence the creamy look of the clouds.
A tiny peek of sun...
A tiny peek of sun…


Good morning, bluebonnets!
Good morning, bluebonnets!

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