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Sandyland bluebonnets and Drummond's phlox

The BLUEBONNETS of TEXAS

Sandyland bluebonnets and Drummond’s phlox Historian Jack Maguire once wrote about the bluebonnets of Texas that “the bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland.” But did you know that Texas actually has SIX DIFFERENT SPECIES of native bluebonnets?…
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Explore Texas ~ Book Release Event ~ June 2016

It’s now finally official:“Explore Texas: A Nature Travel Guide,” the book that my wife, Mary O. Parker and I have been working on for a few years will be out at the beginning of June. It’s being released by Texas A&M University Press.…
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Fall Foliage in McKittrick Canyon

The fall foliage in McKittrick Canyon makes a great subject for nature photography. Now that it’s actually cooler than 90 degrees here in central Texas, I can finally wrap my mind around photographing Texas in autumn. Below, you’ll find some info about one of my favorite autumn destinations.…
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Best Nature Destinations near El Paso

I’ve been working steady getting images ready for the book that Mary and I are doing for Texas A&M University Press. It’s tentatively titled “Explore Texas — A Nature Travel Guide” and will be out in spring 2016. I thought I’d share some of the best nature destinations near El Paso that we’ve featured in the book.…
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Go Native! ~ Texas Native Plant Week

There’s a reason Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) blooms seem exotic – they are!These non-natives don’t belong here. They belong in South America.October 19-25 is Texas Native Plant week 2014. This got me thinking about Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) and Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) in particular.…
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Wildflower Photography Tips

It was 26 degrees here at Red Belly this morning. Cold for us, but for many of you I suspect that would be considered warm! After months of really nippy temps here, I see signs of spring “springing” and the beginning of great wildflower photography opportunities.…
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Prickly pear demonstrating lighting technique.  Photo by: Allan Wyatt

Texas Wildflower Photo Workshop Report ~ 2013

Prickly pear demonstrating lighting technique. Photo by: Allan Wyatt, copyright, 2013 The sold out 2013 Wildflower Photo Workshop was held on March 30. Topics included lighting techniques (as demonstrated by the above image courtesy of participant Allan Wyatt), depth of field, dealing with midday light and a bonus painting with light demonstration.…
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