Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Well, hello!

Fresh spring green

It's been a little while. We're all good around here, just enjoying the lovely spring weather with lots of time playing outdoors (for the kids) and going on long walks with a camera in tow (for me).

Texas Mountain Laurel
Texas Mountain Laurel

Spring is my absolute favorite time of year. Nothing thrills me more than little green shoots poking out of the ground, leaves unfurling, and fresh spring flowers. The beginning of spring lifts my mood like few things can and I'm reveling in the delight of it all.

Crimson clover
Crimson clover

Wildflowers are tops on my list of spring time favorites. I love road trips at this time of year when I can ogle all the lovely colors just outside my car window. I think Eric and the kids get tired of me pointing out every pretty patch of coreopsis or blue bonnets or Indian blankets along the Texas roadsides. I just can't help myself!


I go a bit shutter crazy this during springtime as well. I give my camera and photoshop a real workout. While when it comes to portraits I usually try to keep my edits fairly clean and true to life, when it comes to wildflower pictures I let my inner editor go a bit crazy. I love playing with colors and tones and textures--wildflower photos are the perfect canvas.


I'm slowly identifying the wildflowers in my area. I've checked out half a dozen different books from the library at various times and scoured pages and pages of images online trying to discover the name of each one. The name of the little blue guy above still eludes me.

Blooming beauty
Indian blanket

Wild Verbena

Others have become good friends.

Persian clover

Good Morning!
Blue-eyed grass

Yellow bliss
Bristle-leaf dyssodia

Thank you, Lord, for the beauty and diversity of springtime.


Mellodee said...

We certainly are having a bumper crop in Texas this year. The wildflowers are everywhere and spreading! I especially love the mixture of Bluebonnets and the Indian Paint Brush. The blue and yellow and orange looks terrific together. If I were anywhere close to a decent photographer, I would post lots of pictures of what we have in bloom. (But we all know that as a photographer, I suck swamp water!!) So I'll just enjoy your's instead!!

Happy Spring!

Jill said...

Beautiful! The Crimson Clover photo is my favorite.
Do you have your flower photos hanging up around your house?

Colleen said...

Thanks, Mellodee and Jill!

Yes, I do have a few up around the house, in the master bedroom mainly. I'm planning a post soon that will show some of them. They are a very cost effective way to decorate especially since I use very cheap, simple "frameless" frames, an idea I got from Kelle Hampton.

bobbi @ revolution of love said...

Your photos are always so beautiful! I envy your skill! ;-)

veronica said...

absolutley beautiful, Colleen! Wow..you really have a gift..love seeing your wildflower pics!