Monthly Archives: April 2014

Photography in the Spring – National Parks Traveler

Being on vacation, I’d totally forgotten that my latest photography article has been published in the National Parks Traveler website.  It deals with photography in the spring.  Go on over and check it out!

 

 

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All Packed and Ready

Hey there!  As you can see, I’m packed for a trip.  Heading out on a 13-hour drive over to Big Bend National Park, Texas.  I visited this past Dec 2013 and liked it so much I wanted to go back in the spring.  As you can see, I’m taking everything but the kitchen sink.  I’m taking about 3 times what I normally take when I fly.  And, in addition to my Canon 5D Mk III and Canon 1DX, I’ve rented a Nikon D800 and Nikkor 24-70mm lens.  This photo was taken with the Nikon.  I’m totally impressed, and while I have invested too much in my Canons to divest myself of them, I can tell you that my next camera purchase is probably going to be a Nikon D800 or whatever iteration they have by the time I am able to afford one.

Packed and ReadyStay tuned for more of Becky’s Big Bend Roadtrip!

 

 

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Happy Easter!

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April 20, 2014 · 7:09 am

Spring Means Bluebonnets

Field of Flowers

Spring means bluebonnets in Texas hill country.

It’s been maybe 4-5 years since I traveled into the hill country in search of those quintessential blue harbingers of a Texas spring.

Bluebonnet Scene

One day, last week, a co-worker emailed to tell me she had driven to Chappell Hill and then on to Washington-on-the-Brazos to view the wildflowers.  She said the color display was amazing.

Red Yellow Blue and Green

So on my next Friday off, I took my cameras and myself on a little drive along Hwy 290 to Chappell Hill to see the color for myself.

The Long Dirt Road

Field of Bluebonnets

The Road Up The Hill

Springtime in the Hill Country

Golden

Becky and the Field of Gold

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Becky in a Field of Gold

Yesterday, I drove out toward Texas hill country to capture some images of the bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, and other wildflowers – like this field of gold wildflowers (whose name I need to look up).  It was a beautiful day and I managed to get some great shots, more of which will be in a future post.

Becky and the Field of Gold

If you are currently in the southeast/central part of Texas, drive Hwy 290 over to Chappell Hill and then take 1155 from there toward Washington-on-the-Brazos state park to see some lovely carpets of blue, red, and yellow covering the fields as well as much smaller spots of scenery.

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“Super Close-Up” Shots in a National Park

The National Parks Traveler just published my latest article in their photography column.  It’s titled “Photography in the National Parks:  Make it a Macro Kind of Day” and deals with getting super close-ups using a macro lens or a macro-type gizmo.  It’s a short, fun article.  Check it out!

Forest Floor Colors

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