This spring in central Texas we have had a wildflower season that keeps giving. Everyday I drive home from work and see things that I want to shoot.
Not far from my home in Leander, there is a large patch of wildflowers that keeps getting better. I went over to this spot Tuesday evening to see if I could do anything with the purple wildflowers. There is also a barbed wire fence and a busy highway (US 183) in the background. I tried to shoot around the highway and wait for lulls in traffic as I wanted these photos to look as though they were taken in the country instead of in the middle of a city.
I shot close up on this flower at 65mm focal length so I could soften the background and include the fence line to run to that tree in the distance. I was hoping that the shady area would allow the foreground purple flowers to stand out. There is a busy road beyond the tree and I waited patiently for a break in traffic.
I wasn’t really equipped to shoot birds, but this guy, a mockingbird I think, kept hanging around so I knelt down behind some flowers and shot. I also spooked a rabbit. Just over the horizon is a really ugly hotel being built and I tried hard to keep that out of my photos.
I can’t identify all of the wildflowers, but they are making for a magnificent spring show around here. It must be a good time to be a bee.
Everything here was shot hand-held using a Nikon D750 and 24-120mm f/4 lens as that’s all I felt like lugging around.
That’s my quick blog for this Wednesday. Been very busy with the end of the school year, especially with a high school senior with severe senior-itus right about now. Thanks to Steven Schwartzman for encouraging me to get out and shoot the wildflowers.
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