Bluebonnets are my state flower (Texas) and they grow in abundance here — especially in open meadows and along highways. They are some of the most photogenic “weeds” around, lending a certain appeal to just about any photograph.

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Photography Prompts
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Go for a hike along a nearby trail, be it in the country or in the city. When you spot some interesting wildflowers growing along the path, get down on the ground in front of them and take a perspective picture like the one above. Have the flowers in one bottom corner, and another part of the picture heading down the walkway. Try to capture something interesting in the background, if possible — a misshapen tree, a distant lake or building, or even just a curve in the trail.
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For a second perspective, add a person, pet, or other object. The picture below adds my silly nose-licking dog in the immediate foreground, providing a contrast of textures as well as mood. The human hiker in the picture dwarfs the bluebonnets, altering our perception of their size. Can you see how the two pictures capture a different aspect of the bluebonnet’s character? Both pictures are necessary for a clear understanding.

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Finally, try to catch your chosen wildflower growing in the context of other species, preferably those of contrasting colors. This is a perspective of variety among contemporary wildlife. Even a single dandelion shows different character when photographed growing out of a crack in a sidewalk, growing up against a brick wall, being nearly squished by a baby’s bottom or a cat’s stretched-out belly. And this is a different character again, when found growing beside a patch of little white asters or among a bed of clovers. What would the picture be, below, if you removed the bluebonnets? Surely, incomplete.

 
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