As a photographer, I am challenged to try and capture images that move me. And, as you can see, I was compelled to photograph every darn mosaic meadow we passed. But it was like being in a blender with Crayola crayons - the tapestry of colors kept changing and changing.....for MILES! An assortment of yellows, then suddenly a mix of yellows, blues, purples and whites mixed with the lush green grass. We pulled off the side of the road several times, exclaiming things like, "look - a pink one! Hey, have you seen this orange puff ball thing? (horticulturalists, we are not) Look at this different kind of purple flower!"
And the landscape itself kept shifting - from meadow-y mixtures of a riot of colors, to forests of trees with a blanket of blues and oranges beneath them, to fields of arid cacti sprinkled liberally with purples, oranges and blues. It was an exponential mosaic quilt - an absolute riot of colors. And Andrew and I have been like two kids in a candy shop, wanting to capture it all.
The flowers are Lady Bird Johnson's legacy. She inspired the passage of the Beautification Act of 1965–a “gift” from LBJ–which cemented environmentalism as a top priority in the United States. Her dreams are a "gift" to us, as we get to be inspired by the millions of blooms planted in Washington DC as well as, in the sweeping banks of wildflowers lining U.S. (and especially Texas) highways.
|Bad drive-by image, but it helps allow you a feel for the experience.|
Stay tuned as I plow my way through over 1,000 photos at Big Bend National Park (our ultimate destination - but the trip was as wonderful as the destination)
Happy shooting, friends!