Spring in My Neighborhood

A couple of weeks ago, I shared some photos I took last spring around Central Texas. I also have some photos to share from this spring! Just before the Shelter in Place was ordered, our family was already self-quarantining to be safe. We spent spring break puttering around the house not realizing we wouldn’t be leaving again for months. One late afternoon, the sun peeked through the clouds. I grabbed my camera, told the family that I’d be back in an hour or so, and headed down to the park in our neighborhood. 

Dew Drops at Daybreak

I actually took this photo in January for the New Braunfels Photographic Society assignment theme of Abstract for February. I never shared it but I really love it. Morning dew has an otherworldly, glittery quality that appeals to my girly side. When I open my macro lens wide open and focus on a single blade of grass, the rest of the world is thrown into circular baubles of beauty.

New Braunfels nature macro photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/8 | 1/250 | ISO 125

The Neighborhood in One Drop

If you zoom in on that single dew drop, you can see a good portion of my street reflected upside down. That’s such a cool effect… a drop of water inverts a reflection.

New Braunfels nature macro photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/9 | 1/250 | ISO 200

Lil Patch

Walking down by the duck pond in our neighborhood, the grass was green and the trees were lush. I found a little patch of bluebonnets peeking through the grass and I thought the scene would be perfect for a family picnic. I miss seeing everyone outside enjoying the spring weather together.

New Braunfels nature wildflower bluebonnets photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/5.6 | 1/200 | ISO 200

Bigger Patch

Just up the hill from the pond is an ocean of bluebonnets in bloom. We had a good crop of them this year. Some of our neighborhood photographers use this spot for family photos and I can see why. It’s beautiful!

New Braunfels nature wildflower bluebonnets photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/7.1 | 1/200 | ISO 200

By the Pond

I don’t usually crop my images but I liked the panoramic feel of this scene. There was a boy sitting beside the pond watching the ducks float by. I was surprised to see how low the water level in the pond was.

New Braunfels nature wildflower bluebonnets photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/7.1 | 1/200 | ISO 200

Lonely Bench

The late afternoon sun peeks out from behind the clouds to illuminate the field of bluebonnets with the barn in the background. The bench looks lonely with no one sitting there.

New Braunfels nature wildflower bluebonnets photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/8 | 1/320 | ISO 250

Beautiful Bluebonnets

The bluebonnet is the official flower of the State of Texas. I love how rich the colors are in this one… with a hit of pink on some of the blossoms.

New Braunfels nature wildflower bluebonnets photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/7.1 | 1/200 | ISO 200

Blossoming in the Sun

It was a very overcast and cloudy day so when the sun came out from behind the clouds, I got this bluebonnet basking in the sun.

New Braunfels nature wildflower bluebonnets photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/4.5 | 1/800 | ISO 250

Back Road in the Hill Country

I took this photo for the New Braunfels Photographic Society assignment theme of Back Roads for April. There is an old road that runs alongside the pond and this view is looking back toward the neighborhood. I got very low for a different perspective.

New Braunfels nature wildflower bluebonnets photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/13 | 1/200 | ISO 200

Leaving the Neighborhood Pond

Trying to get to the parking lot for our little park is difficult… this road runs in between two homes and is off of a cul-de-sac. It feels like you are turning into someone’s driveway! The yard that sits behind that fence is covered with a blanket of bluebonnets.

New Braunfels nature wildflower bluebonnets photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/16 | 1/200 | ISO 200

Old Road Down Yonder

You know that photo I submitted for the Back Roads assignment? This is the same road but turned 180-degrees. The pond is just off to the left.

New Braunfels nature wildflower bluebonnets photographer
Nikon D750 | 20mm | f/13 | 1/200 | ISO 500

Dynamic Duo

I adore shooting macro and these two little bluebonnets had sprung up in some weeds.

New Braunfels nature wildflower bluebonnets photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/8 | 1/250 | ISO 1000

The Beauty of the Bluebonnet

I zoomed in on the bluebonnet on the left from the above photo and shot the tip of the flower.

New Braunfels nature wildflower bluebonnets photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/5.6 | 1/250 | ISO 400

Itty Bitty Bluebonnet

I found a tiny tiny little bluebonnet bloom all by its lonesome. It has an anthropomorphical quality to it, doesn’t it?

New Braunfels nature wildflower bluebonnets photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/5.6 | 1/250 | ISO 500

Regarding the Blade

Getting a side view of the itty bitty bluebonnet, I also got a sliver of a blade of grass in focus. I love this photo! To me, it looks like a grumpy old man staring down the blade of grass.

New Braunfels nature wildflower bluebonnets photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/5.6 | 1/500 | ISO 400

Abandoned Road (in color and in b/w)

One more shot of the old road before I leave the park (I had a heck of a time choosing which image to submit for Back Roads!) and this time I shot it with my macro lens for a more telephoto effect. I couldn’t decide if I liked this one better in color or black and white. What do you prefer?

New Braunfels nature wildflower bluebonnets photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/8 | 1/200 | ISO 400
New Braunfels nature wildflower bluebonnets photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/8 | 1/200 | ISO 400

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