Wild About Wildflowers…

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Spring brings on new experiences…

I enrolled in a Wildflower Photography Workshop with the Dallas Arboretum.

We traveled to Brenham, Texas for a 3 day learning experience.

Our instructor, Allen Rokach served 10 years as a Senior Photographer for Southern Living Magazine.

Along with commissions including PepsiCo, Royal Cruise Lines, Air France Airlines, Chase Manhattan Bank etc.

After reading his bio, I figured I could learn a thing or two from this photography legend.

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I did learn something!!! Landscape photography doesn’t speak to me…in the way portrait photography does.

There is nothing like being out in God’s country and capturing it’s beauty.

BUT, there is a problem…you get no reaction back from the flowers, trees, grass etc.

NO smiles or laughs, they don’t even think my jokes are funny. They are void of emotion.

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Now, don’t get me wrong…I enjoy an hour here or there with nature.

What I don’t care for, is expecting to be in the same little area for hours and still be captivated with taking the same shots.

One of Allen’s Commandments for Better Photography…

“The more you learn about photography, the more you will understand about yourself!”

What I truly understand…This soul needs change or it gets weary.”

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But, when we did change sceneries…my heart would bubble up all over again.

This tree, in all of it’s balanced beauty…just made me stop in my tracks.

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But, the height of the trip, is when we made our instructor stop here at this farm.

He wasn’t crazy for this idea, because the wildflowers in this area weren’t ideal.

We told him…we need some interaction!

He looked at us, like we had horns on our heads! Smile.

See, we all dance to a different tune.

When this baby calf, kissed his mama…we all went bonkers!!

I was one of the few, that actually caught the kiss. It was very quick.

Bless his little heart!

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So while, you will still see landscape and nature on this blog…

The real message I will be conveying…HUMANITY BRINGS JOY!

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Can you imagine this as your driveway? Do you see the small mailbox on the left side?

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It was a wonderful and soul searching experience, one I am thankful for.

I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Blessings,
Laurie

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54 thoughts on “Wild About Wildflowers…

  1. I’m not sure I agree that landscapes don’t speak to you Laurie. I’m sure that your classmates (and probably the instructor) were envious of the cow/calf shot. As always, wonderful photos. ~ James

  2. Gosh, this looks gorgeous! You have a great eye, Laurie. I’d love to join a group like this. I haven’t found any workshops in Norfolk, so I’m having a workshop session on my own with a photographer.
    Looks like I’m missing a lot of fun. 🙂

  3. What an incredible experience!
    The tree, the mama / baby, and that fenceline with wildflowers are all just stunning, Laurie

  4. I normally pick the posts I read in these linkies randomly but I just couldn’t resist your photo of the purple and red wild flowers…..how beautiful Nature is and how wonderfully you captured it with your camera.

  5. oh my goodness Laurie…I’m totally jealous! Such beautiful images. I am long overdue for a Texas trip and these pics, especially the wildflowers make me homesick for sure.

  6. Ohh Laurie , how awesome, yes I agree with you, flowers are nice…. For awhile;). You gave some really awesome shots here, the best thing about going in a group.. No one (or mostly) will ever have the exact shot you do.
    How lovely you were all set up to get the calf getting a kiss from momma.
    And that d/w… A dream shot for sure!!! Really I loved them all, the field of spotted color. All amazing, but like you said there is just something missing;) I do like the interaction with “other ” types of photoging much much better as well. Glad you learned, glad you had a great time. And hope life is getting better for you all down there .

  7. I am going to have to do one of these workshops someday. I understand the lack of feedback can be offputting to a portrait photographer. 🙂 On the other hand, when I take landscape shots, the only subject movement I worry about is caused by the rustling of the wind in the flowers.

  8. Stunning photos, Laurie! Leave it to you to get the best shot of a baby! Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope you do more nature photos. My favorites are the first one and then the cow and calf.

  9. Beautiful renditions of these stunning flower landscapes! You have come several times to my blog, so I’m inviting you to the meme/challenge started two months ago, called SEASONS. Anything and any experience is a great subject, as long as it has taken place during the season at hand. Does not need to be a separate post. Photo link is open Sunday through Wednesday till 7pm, Pacific time , so there is still time this week:) Have a great one, and hope to see you there!

  10. Wow… what a treat to see these wildflower photos! The baby calf, kissed his mama is priceless, I’m in tears. Can’t imagine driving through green driveway…The messages are very touching. Thank you so much for the beautiful, moving post, Laurie. 🙂 ❤

  11. Great photos sweetie! That is so cool you went out of your comfort zone on photography!!! I love all of them! The cows and the headstone are my favorites! Have a wonderful week my friend! Hugz Lisa and Bear

  12. Wow, Laurie, these photos are awesome! Never say they have no emotion. These photos are filled with emotion and evoke emotions in the viewer. Well, I guess I can’t speak for every viewer, but I know how I reacted to them! 😀

  13. My Grandparents had such a driveway, Laurie. Not personally, you understand; however, the road leading to their last home was like this. I remember it so fondly! I guess it’s ‘each to their own’ with photography, and with life. We each see something slightly different through the same lens. Love the images… 🙂

  14. Beautiful photos Laurie! Glad you had a good time on the shoot. The cows are so adorable. The black and white of the giant tree is amazing, such a broad tree, must be three hundred years old. ❤️

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