Whether we know it or not this year, spring is here. The weather for Saturday, was fantastic and I stayed outside most of the day enjoying the lack of ceiling and computer. In the evening, I went out to Balcones Canyonlands NWR in the evening to see if the wildflowers were out. It seemed like a safe place to go for getting away from the house and keeping my safe distance from people.
The last time I went, the land had been burned and looked depressing and I was eager to see if the spring growth had returned to claim the ashes. Down by the stream, the grass and wildflowers had come to reclaim the burned ground.
And the paintbrushes were out in full force. I got down low to try to get the flowers in the foreground against the background hills. All I brought was a 16-35mm lens, so that is what I had to work with.
In the image above, I adjusted the white balance up and down and I am not sure that I ever go it just right. I can’t tell if it looks too blue or too yellow. What do you think?
There were also some little pink-purple flowers amid the stones along the trail that I stopped for.
Hiking the back trails, I checked on my favorite dead tree. I got down low to silhouette it against the sky and show the flower lined trail going into the distance. Notice the lack of aircraft contrails in the sky. The sky is usually full of jet traffic into Austin in this area.
The sun was behind the hills by now and the scene was very dark against the sky. The below photo used all the dynamic range of the camera and the highlights and shadows controls were just about pegged in Lightroom for the above edit, but I like the way that it turned out.
The wildflowers are in full bloom, probably thanks to the heavy rains we have had this year. I will have to go back in better light to capture more of this.
I do love the paintbrushes this time of year.
I hiked back to the car in the dark. Nice to get out of the house and get some nature. Thanks for reading.