Bluebonnet Photography Season
Spring in Texas is the best time of year for photographers! And, The Northeast Texan is offering cash prizes for your best 2018 Bluebonnet Photos! The Lone Star State offers many opportunities to photograph our flower, as they grow wild in fields, roadway medians, ditches, parks, and purposefully in gardens.
When my older children were young, there were only a few times when I felt safe enough to pull the car over, and get out alongside the road and take pictures of them in the bluebonnets. What if there was a snake? Never mind the fact that I had heard they were more afraid of us, than we are of them. And, how far off the road was safe enough to photograph with so many crazy drivers out there, who don’t always pay attention to the road? Of course, they made texting while driving illegal last year, so that should fix that, right? Fortunately, with my younger two children, we discovered some parks and Bluebonnet trails where I felt safe enough photographing my precious blessings among God’s “flowers that clothe the fields.”
Ennis is famous for their Bluebonnet trails, which are in bloom throughout the month of April. While Ennis may be the closest to northeast Texans, and have some of the most convenient places to sit amongst the Texas State Flower, there are other towns in the Hill Country where visitors with spring fever flock to see accumulations of this fragrant plume of blue wildflower, some of them being: Marble Falls, Brenham, Kingsland, and…Burnet, which happens to be the officially recognized “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas.”
Of course, there are many places here in Van Zandt, Henderson, Kaufman, Rains, Hunt, Smith, Wood, Upshur, and Gregg Counties where one may see bluebonnets, while driving highways, or back roads. Just watch for creeping things and cow pies before sitting yourself or your cute little bundle of joy, down on the ground for a quick snapshot. And please, get permission before posing in someone’s field.
There are three categories in which contestants may enter their photos:
1) People and Pets (amateur)
2) Landscapes (amateur) and
3) Professional Photographers (People, animals, landscapes).
Get your friends to vote for your photograph(s), as you share the link on social media. The contestant with the most votes wins a cash prize! On top of that, The Northeast Texan may use your prestigious photo as a logo header or in an advertising campaign. For more details on the rules of the contest and how to sign up and upload your photos, go here or click on the image.
Don’t forget to have your photo subject say, “Cheese!”