Spring 2015

Normally in central Texas we get about a 2 week spring jammed between our pseudo-winter and an automatic hotter-than-hell summer. But this Spring 2015 we actually had nice temps and a wet spring that lasted three months. The land, plants and animals seemed to love it. Today was the first “hot” day. Our flooding was the only bad spot in this wonderful spring. I will be posting a bunch of images from our land taken the Spring 2015.

Let’s start with the spring’s bloom on a Prickly Pear Cactus.  When I see these it always seems like the blooms are being guarded by the large and very small cactus needles.  I have had the tiny needles stuck in my lips. See them in bunches on the ridge of the cactus pod? They do burn. It is a long story and not a happy ending.

Yellow Bloom on a Prickly Pear Cactus
Yellow Bloom on a Prickly Pear Cactus

Mother Nature

This Memorial Day weekend saw devastating flooding in our area of Texas. The Blanco River hit record highs and wiped away many homes and a few lives in the Wimberley area. Hours before that happened we were at our friend’s 1,000 acre ranch in the Wimberley area watching the thunderstorms roll through with mild rain. A few of us still went out for a hike and I brought along my ‘bag-o-OMD. We were on a trail with the rain picking up, a bit of thunder in the area and I heard the familiar rush of a waterfall. I let the group go on and I went searching for the source. I have been at this spot a couple of times in the past few years but it has been bone dry each time because of our extended drought. Today was different. Today was the story of spring creek. Today it was rushing. A Spring Creek on the Burton Ranch.

A Spring Creek on the Burton Ranch – I

I sat at this spot for a long while getting soaked and my OM-D E-M5 and the water resistant lens held up very well.  I cannot say enough about the build quality Olympus designed into this system.  I experimented with lots of combinations of aperture value/shutter speed along with my Lee 75 ND filters and circular polarizer trying to get both a combination of waterfall blur with the raindrops that were splattering the pool above.

A Spring Creek at the Burton Ranch
A Spring Creek on the Burton Ranch – II