As Spring Nears

Spring will be with us very soon.   In our area of Texas the season brings us wildflowers, but farmers are working their fields, too.  It’s an active time for our Blackland Prairie agrarians.   Just tonight, under vibrant skies, I watched as some worked their soil south of Granger.   I hope it’s a good season for them.   The corn crop was good last year, but cotton suffered from intense heat and drought.    When thinking of spring, farmers are foremost in my thoughts.   It can be a demanding life for what they do.  

A Waning Gibbous Moon

A photograph taken this evening, as a Waning Gibbous Moon, not far from 100% visibility, made  an appearance in the night sky over a windmill and trees in East Williamson County, Texas.  If it had risen much later you’d just see that moon.  Light is fleeting.

A February Full Moon

Three photos of tonight’s full moon in Williamson County, Texas.   The first two were taken at Berry Springs Park & Preserve in Georgetown.   The opening photo gives you that “big moon” many seem to like, but the second one provides context.   The structure at left was at one time the caretakers home when this park was a working farm.   The house will apparently come down soon.   I regret that.   The the last photo is St. Peter Lutheran Church in Walburg.   I was glad to see the moon find its way into a scene at this beautiful church.  

Elusive Hawks

Hawks are notoriously anti-social birds.   Since I also tend that way, it makes perfect sense.   You’d be amazed at the number of hawks I see in a given day.  They’re usually perched on power lines, or in faraway trees.  And I’m usually driving, with vehicles close behind.   When actually able to pull over, I’ll grab a camera and go to work.  Unless they’re very focused on  a particular critter, they most often fly far away.  These are some  photos taken since mid-November.   Some of my most successful captures were taken with my small Olympus during daily walks in Taylor.   That very last one, taken on a walk,  has a bunch of movement in it.  Not planned movement, mind you.   The hawk was finishing off the remains of a chicken when I saw him in a very dark spot under a tree.   He made a very fast exit.   Don’t ask me to identify any of these birds.  I’m just calling them hawks.   Camera-shy hawks. 

This and That

A little of this and that tonight, friends, beginning with a Waxing Gibbous moon (94.6% visibility) over a windmill not far from  Georgetown.   And horses basking in late-afternoon light near Jonah.   When photographing daffodils tonight, an interesting creature joined us.   Is it a hummingbird, a moth, or what?   It was quite focused.   I wish it were a bit sharper.

Good Winter Light

This winter light can be challenging if you’re photographing people, but it’s pretty nice in a landscape/pictorial setting.  Three photos this evening, opening with one taken of the San Gabriel River as it flows through Jonah tonight.   The others are just photos I like.

Two Ways to See

This is an old homesite recently photographed close to Noack, Texas.   You could label it a barn photo since there’s the barn at left.   During the warmer months this site is covered with brush and overgrown trees, making it hard to see, but it’s visible come winter.   I’m wondering, however, what you like?   As an old guy who began a career devoted to black-and-white, I’m partial to the simple monotone treatment.  The color version, however, gives the viewer a more readable  look at the rusted metal roofs and wood.    Either might be acceptable.   A longtime photographer friend once told me if you give folks a choice, they’ll mostly choose color.   Something to consider.

Abundant Winter Water

We live in an area hammered by persistent drought.   When I see water gathered in fields, it’s a given I’ll stop for a photograph.   We’re gifted with an abundance of recent rain in Central Texas.      Overcoming the dry spell will take a lot more, but every little bit helps.  If you look closely at the last one, there’s even a barn!

A Tough Little Tree

This little mesquite tree at a friend’s ranch in Circleville has been through a lot over the years, but its resilient character continues to shine through.   I’ve documented it in color a few times, but recent clouds seemed to favor a black and white version.