A little fine art before heading off to bed
Golden Bluebonnet Sunset
So I drove an hour tonight after work to take a shot at the bluebonnets again before they start to die out. I wasn't satisfied in my original location where I started so I adjusted. So the two hour drive there and back home instantly became worth it because I captured what might be my best shot ye
It's that time of season again in Texas. Bluebonnet taken during the Golden Hour.
Lupinus texensis, the Texas lupine or Texas bluebonnet, is a species of lupine endemic to Texas. With other related species of lupines also called bluebonnets, it is the state flower of Texas.
It is an annual which begins its life as a small, gravel-like seed. The seed has a hard seed coat that must be penetrated by wind, rain, and weather over the course of a few months (but sometimes several years). In the fall, the bluebonnets emerge as small seedings with two cotyledons, and later a rosette of leaves that are palmately compound with 5-7 leaflets 3â€“10 cm long, green with a faint white edge and hair. Growth continues over the mild winter months and then in the spring will take off and rapidly grow larger, before sending up a 20â€“50 cm tall plume of blue flowers (with bits of white and occasionally a tinge of pinkish-red). The scent of these blossoms has been diversely described; many people say they give off no scent at all, while a few have described the scent as 'sickly sweet'.
The Harbor Sunset
Pano shot from the Harbor in Rockwall
Went out early Sunday morning to enjoy the quiet backroads of Poetry Texas. It was a humid and foggy morning and found this guy enjoying the morning.
Golden Hour White Tail
My wife and I spent the evening in Poetry Texas and found this young lady looking to pose during the golden hour.
Deer (and other ungulates, like elk) shed their antlers every year, then grow a completely new set. This shedding procedure takes two to three weeks to complete, while the regeneration takes an entire summer to complete — before the cycle starts all over again. Bucks shed their antlers between January and April, depending upon many factors including the animal’s age and the latitude at which it lives, after the mating season concludes.
Antlers are made up of a honeycombed bone-like tissue. The mounting points on the heads of deer from which the antlers grow are called pedicles. The antlers break off (are shed) from these pedicles. Pedicles appear on a young deer's forehead during his first year. The next year, he will develop small shafts, and by year three the first "branch" will appear. As the deer matures, the antlers will lengthen and thicken and often develop additional branches. While in the growth phase, the antlers are covered in a soft membrane referred to as "velvet," a layer of skin that supplies the growing antlers with the nutrients needed to build the bone mass. This velvet contains many substances such as amino acids, minerals, proteins and Growth Factor-1 (a protein hormone similar in molecular structure to insulin).
The antlers will grow rapidly for two to four months. During the summer, higher levels of the male hormone testosterone slow antler growth, and the veins and arteries around the velvet constrict and cut off the blood and nutrient supply to the antlers. The velvet then withers and begins to fall off, a process facilitated by the deer by rubbing his antlers against trees. The whole process is repeated every year for the rest of his life.
As for the reason antlers are shed, it's due to a drop in testosterone following the rut. When a buck's testosterone levels fall, it causes a weakening in the tissue and bone at the antler base (pedicle) to the point where the antlers simply fall off. This process can happen quickly; antlers that are firmly attached one day can weaken and fall off within 24 to 48 hours. A buck in peak physical health will shed his antlers later than a weaker buck, and injured deer often shed their antlers early.
Fortunately for the deer, shedding antlers causes them no discomfort.
I See You
I captured this buck 2 weeks ago on a crisp cool morning in Poetry. He crossed the road in front of me and followed his ladies into the field. He was nice enough to slow down and wait for me to capture this moment.
Red Tail Hawk
Driving around Poetry Texas and found him hanging out in a field. I decided to stick around and let him pose a couple of times for me.
I'm a 39 year old guy from Chicago. I moved to North Carolina when I was 14 and spent 15 years there before moving to Mesquite Texas in 2007. I've always loved photography but really started to create my own the past two years. I've feel like I've found my calling in life when I'm behind the viewfinder.