Apr 4, 2022 - Things to Do

How to capture a perfect bluebonnet photo

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The sun is shining. The birds are singing. And bluebonnets are back.

Details: We've pulled together a quick guide on how to find bluebonnets in Central Texas and capture your best bluebonnet photo like a true Texan.

⏱ When: Texas bluebonnets emerge in the spring, with peak season in early April, according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

  • "Due to less rain this past fall and winter, the displays will likely be average, but average is still beautiful," says Andrea DeLong-Amaya, the center's director of horticulture.

🧐 Where: You've probably spotted some in your own yard, neighborhood or right off the highway. Here are some go-to spots:

  • The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center offers 284 acres of gardens, an arboretum and managed natural areas with plenty of bluebonnet photo opps.
  • At St. Edwards University, bluebonnets are sprinkled throughout campus, but a majority can be found in front of East Hall.
  • Pace Bend Park is known for stunning views, swimming, camping and fields of bluebonnets, which are already blooming. It's worth the drive.

📸 How: Find a safe space. Proceed with caution if you're pulling off the side of the road, and check for stickers and critters as you make your way through a field.

  • Now, it's time to get low. Plop down in the middle of these beauties — and if you're the subject — make your photographer get on your level, too.
  • Check your light. A middle-of-the-day bluebonnet photo is tough. Wait until golden hour — the soft-lit time shortly after sunrise or before sunset — for your best shot.
  • Rule of thirds, anyone?
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