This time of year my phone starts ringing repeatedly. By this time I usually have had a bit of a break in the portrait photography business. There aren't too many jobs aside from a wedding or two, and of course boudoir and pin-up during the entire months of January and February. Once March hits, however, it's on. The flowers start blooming and the calls start coming. About half of them want me to photograph them in the flowers, the other half want to photograph themselves or their own kids but they want me to tell them where the getting is good.
So where are the good bluebonnet and wildflower patches this year? Well, that's a good question. It's still pretty early. The first few bluebonnets in New Braunfels popped up along Loop 337 near Landa just last week. That's where the two images of bluebonnets I'm sharing today were taken. That's also the spot of an amazing display 2010 brought us. Most of you know 2011 was a flop for bluebonnets. The other side of the Loop has a nice display as well. Go under the loop on Landa and park along the side of the road and go for a walk for a few yards. Watch for snakes and mud!
I'm excited to try out a new Facebook fan page for sightings. I'm seeing reports from all over the state on this page and it looks to be up to the minute. I've heard there are some lovely fields in San Antonio along 1604 especially near 281. Rumor has it that the entrance to Six Flags Fiesta Texas is lovely right now.
If you're looking for color other than blue, the yellow is amazing in some areas. There's a field on Morningside Drive near Rueckle Road covered with waist high yellow flowers. I found a smaller field of it that's open to the public near the Little League Fields on Loop 337 (not far from that bluebonnet field actually). We stopped by it after shooting the bluebonnets tonight to capture these images.
I'll be keeping an eye out for more fields to pop up as the season gets underway. The rain we had this weekend helped those seedlings and as I sloshed through the fields tonight I saw lots of buds breaking through the ground. I was careful not to squash them, I promise. I look forward to see what this season brings!
Blog update!: I found another awesome patch along the loop, this time near the intersection of River Road. Park either along the loop or along River Road and walk to the top of the hill for a beautiful blue surprise!
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