Under the Canopy of Oaks and Gums

Black and White, Countryscape, Edgewood, Fine art photography, Nature, Photography, Upper East Texas

My second issue of photo essay periodicals is published! It is called “Under the Canopy of Oaks and Gums – Portrait of a County Road”, in the format of a 40-page magazine with premium papers fit to showcase photography works.  They are currently available at 211 Art Gallery and will also be brought to the Edgewood Heritage Festival on November 11, 2017.

Excerpt

Broadening the way of seeing is exactly what this photography work sets out to do. Subjects found along a typical county road in East Texas were portrayed in “spotlights”.

Preview and purchase

 

Book details

  • Size US Letter, 8.5×11 in, 22×28 cm, 40 Pages, premium paper
  • ISBN: Softcover – 9781389545351

To see all issues go to: BOOKS

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Spring in Van Zandt County, Texas

Canton, Countryscape, Edgewood, Fruitvale, Grand Saline, Heritage Park, Nature, Redland, Spring, Travel, Upper East Texas, Wills Point

Spring sightings from various places in Van Zandt County, Texas – March/April 2016

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Pear blossom and contented cows – Edgewood, Tx

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A bird perching on a blossoming sassafras tree – Edgewood, Tx

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Red bud trees by the railway – Fruitvale, Tx

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Grand Saline Library – Grand Saline, Tx

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Peach blossoms at a Peach Farm and Old Fashioned Ice Cream – Hwy 19, Edgewood, Tx

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Hickenbach Texas a.k.a Jones Junction – US 80 & TX 19, Edgewood, Tx

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Scott Cabin at the Heritage Park Museum of East Texas – Edgewood, Tx

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A field of purple and gold by Side Pea Farm – Canton, Tx

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Blooming azaleas – Canton, Tx

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Canton Lake – Canton, Tx

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Picnic Area on Hwy 64 – Canton, Tx

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Indian Paintbrush and Crimson Clover on Hwy 64 – Redland, Tx

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Crimson Clover – Redland, Tx

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Indian paintbrush across the Tawakoni Spillway – Wills Point, Tx

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Tawakoni Spillway Levee – Wills Point, Tx

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Roses by the 1848 Will’s Cabin – Wills Point, Tx

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The Best Kept Secret of East Texas

Beyond, Historic Parkway, Nature, Photography, Spring, Travel, Upper East Texas
Mrs. Lee’s Daffodil Garden

Around 1954, over 1,000 acres of land near Gladewater, Texas, was transformed by the land lady, Mrs. Helen Lee, into a secret garden.  Out of her love to the land, she converted what used to be a gravel pits into a daffodil retreat with a 5-acre lake and a 3-acre pond, called Lake Josephine – named after her mother.  It took an entire boxcar load of daffodil bulbs from Holland and about 40 workers to make this daffodil garden.  It is considered the best kept secret in East Texas.  A replica of pioneer style log cabin was added to the site in 1954 overlooking Lake Josephine as a quiet place to enjoy the beauty of the land and its wildlife. Following her passing in 1984, at her request, the park has been opened to the public in spring.

Learn more about the park at http://www.daffodilgarden.com/daffodils_home.htm

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Lake Josephine and Log Cabin Site

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7 Days of Nature Photo Challenge

Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Texas
This challenge was done on Facebook, January 25 to 31, 2016.
Day 1
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Title: The Birds

Date: January, 2016

A massive flock of black birds is a common wintertime phenomenon in East Texas. It sounds and looks like scenes from Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, The Birds. The massiveness of the flock against the silhouette of tree branches in this photograph is a reminiscent of oriental style painting.

 

Day 2

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Title: Tangled

Date: July, 2015

A toad cobwebbed outside the kitchen window.

 

Day 3

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Title: Wallflower, Wallflower, won’t you Dance with Me

Date: May, 2015

A colossal show of privet blossoms in the end of spring is another phenomenon to enjoy around pastures and woods of East Texas. Unlike “The Birds”, these walls of flowers are quiet, but they offer a very pleasant sweet odor, especially in the evening.

 

Day 4

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Title: Mug Shot of a Snapping Turtle

Date: April, 2012

A prehistoric looking snapping turtle being transported to a nearby Crooked Creek from a county bridge construction site.

 

Day 5

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Title: Camper’s Nature Trail

Date: February, 2014

A dense grove of ash tree along the Camper’s nature trail.

 

Day 6

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Title: Fairy’s Stairway

Date: May, 2015

Mushrooms grow on a dead oak tree stump.

 

Day 7

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Title: Misty

Date: January, 2015

All reaches out to the sun, wanting it to come out of the obscuring mist.

 

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Fall Foliage along a County Road in Edgewood

Edgewood, Fall, Nature

Cedar leaves, American Beauty berries, and a type of vines brightened up a county road in Edgewood, Texas. Typically they are peak during the second and third week of November, but this year a lot of them are already knocked down by heavy down pour of rain.  These were taken last year, except “Patricia Lane” which was photographed one day before the rain on October 29th this year.

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Super Bloodmoon & Total Lunar Eclipse

Edgewood, Fall, Nature, Skyscape

Lat night, September 27th, 2015, we witnessed a rare supermoon eclipse, the first of its kind since 1982, and the last we’ll see until 2033.  Those who live in North America were especially lucky to be able to watch this phenomenon between 8:00 PM to 11:00PM. Although it was a little bit hazy to start with, the sky was gorgeous as the moon reflected the reddish hue while Earth’s shadow passed over it. The sky turned really dark around the peak time of the eclipse and I had difficulty focusing on the disappearing moon. That explains blurriness on some of the red moon shots.

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9:51 PM – the closes to total lunar eclipse’s peak

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End of Summer

Edgewood, Nature, Summer

It’s the last week of summer.  September 23rd, 2015, will be the day when night and day are about the same length of time, also known as “autumnal equinox” (“equinox” means “equal night”).  From here on out, the days start to get shorter than the nights, and the temperature begin to cool down.  Changes in nature are noticeable.  Wild flowers are appearing everywhere, golden rods – one of the signs of the coming of autumn – included.  Grasses are seeding.  Berries, fruits, and nuts are forming.  Duck weed and algae on the pond surface excite duck hunters.  It’s time to clear out the path ways through the wood.

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Flights of Hawks

Edgewood, Nature, Summer

A group of hawks (not sure what the exact species name is) occasionally glide playfully above us. They make synchronized flights in circle then suddenly break apart into a chaos burst.  This event usually occurs when a cold front is coming to the area. They fly and glide as low as the tree tops, sometimes dive down even lower, another time very high up in the sky.  Group of 30, and one time even maybe hundreds, seem to enjoy the cool air draft and glide along with it.  It’s a quite a show.

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Sturgeon Moon

Edgewood, Nature, Skyscape, Summer

The August full moon is here tonight.  Some Native American fishing tribes called the August full moon as the “Sturgeon Moon” as the large fish sturgeon were most readily caught during this month.  Other tribes call it Full Red Moon, because of its reddish shade when it rises. It was also called Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon

It’s exciting, but the best is yet to come.  The next full moon (September 27, 2015) will be the closest on the calendar to the autumnal equinox (autumn will start September 22)  and known as the Harvest Moon.  It will also be the biggest full moon of 2015.  To make this event more exciting, September 27 will also feature a total lunar eclipse.  Keep watching! Source Space.com.

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Where Sabine River Starts

Historic Parkway, Nature, Summer, Wills Point

Sabine River spans over 500 miles from the upper East Texas area to the Gulf of Mexico. It rises in northern Hunt County and eastern Collin and Rockwall County, then flows eastward to Texas and Louisiana border near Logansport, Louisiana, continues southward to the Gulf of Mexico by Orange, Texas.  Lake Tawakoni and Iron Bridge Dam which lies partly in Van Zandt and Rains County, Texas, was constructed at the headwaters of the river to provide water for the City of Dallas after the infamous Seven Years Drought in in the late 1940’s to mid 1950’s. The construction was completed in 1960.  Now, besides providing water, this historic area has become a highlighted recreation facility for the residents.  It’s located on FM47, 10 miles northeast of Wills Point, see “Tawakoni Dam” sign. Source: Sabine River Authority of Texas.

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Lake Tawakoni, by the Iron Bridge Dam, FM47 northeast of Wills Point

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Sabine River, right on the other side of Lake Tawakoni and the Iron Bridge Dam Spillway.

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Historic Recruitment and Training Camp Matthew F. Locke was established near this area in 1861.

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Perseid Meteors and Milky Way over Edgewood, Tx

Edgewood, Nature, Skyscape, Summer

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower was at its best the past two days. Last night, the Milky Way was right on top of our farm house in Edgewood, TX, shifting from our South within five days. While watching the stars, occasional Perseid meteors left trails.

 Looking Northeast, a Perseid meteor and Milky Way (and a jet trail on bottom left), August 13th, 2015, 11PM

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Looking South, Milky Way and a short meteor trail, August 8th, 2015, 10PM

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Link: Perseid Meteor Shower

The Canvas of East Texas Summer

Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Summer

Summer
Some say that Texas is unbearable in summer;
but I say, that one must offer some small sacrifice to the Sun Gods,
in order to bear witness to the beauty of the season.
Red and yellow and bronze and gold,
all have their place on this summer palette so bold,
that even the fiercest of Ra’s demons
could not dispel the radiance that emanates from the Artist’s brush.
As the emerald canvas fades to brown,
the days will mercifully grow shorter, and cooler,
until once again God’s festive palette bursts forth with the shades of Autumn.
Some say that Texas is unbearable in summer;
but I say, grab a glass of sweet tea
and sit in the shade of your favorite tree,
and bear witness to what may be,
the most wonderful season of the year.
Summer.

by Harold Burke, 2013

Embracing the 107F (41C) day today and triple-digit day in the fourteen days to come –not to mention triple-digit day in the past 9 days– I ponder upon a poem that my husband wrote in summer 2013.

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The Forlorn Boat – A breezy morning by the creek, 2015

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A view of the pond in a steamy-hot and still August evening

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The poem was published in County Line Magazine, July/August 2013 issue, accompanied by my photograph, The Forlorn Boat

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August 2015 observation and forecast for Edgewood, Texas

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The beauty of August in East Texas.

Photographs © 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri.com

The Crooked Creek has Dried

Edgewood, Nature, Summer

The creek that overflowed the county road in late spring has dried up.

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A blue heron fishing on the county road overflowed by the Crooked Creek in spring

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Dried up Crooked Creek in August

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The water outlet under the county road, which was overloaded in spring, is now exposed.

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Water crossing the county road as the outlet underneath overloaded, in spring

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Now the outlet is exposed

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Rippling water on the road is now replaced by yearning tree roots on the creek’s bank.

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Water from the creek rippling on the road in spring

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Tree roots on the creek’s bank yearning for water in August

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Occasional entertainment in the sky has changed from spring rainbow shows to fleeing white herons above the hay field.

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White herons fleeing the hay field

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The nearby Mill Creek is receding, too.

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Mill Creek in August

The beauty of August in East Texas.

Photographs © 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri.com

Super Blue Moon over Edgewood, Tx

Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Skyscape, Summer

Blue Moon is a phenomenon that occurs when a second full moon happens in one calendar month.  Last night, not only was it the blue moon, but it was also a supermoon (or perigee) which occurs when the moon is at its closest approach to the earth. The first full moon in the month of July 2015 was on July 1st. This is a rare occasion. The last blue moon happens in 2012 and the next one will be in 2018. The infrequent nature of this lunar event led to the phrase “once in a blue moon” to signify a rare occurrence. It does not actually mean the moon will be blue. (Telegraph.co.uk)

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The blue moon over Edgewood, Tx – July 31st, 2015, 11pm

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The moon and sky in the morning, August 1st, 2015, 6.30 am

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Photographs © 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri.com

“Clouds, clouds, are you mocking us?” say the trees

Black and White, Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Skyscape, Summer

It has been so alive and active up there, lately.  Cold front from the North and warm air wave from the South were fighting for a place here in East Texas.  It brought few scattered thunderstorms, cool temperature one day and very warm the next. But the best thing was these spreads of playful clouds on the skyscape. One cool-ish afternoon, close to the end of June, the clouds decided to mock the shape of the tree lines – at least according to my eyesight.

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The Bomars’ Climbing Rose

Edgewood, Historic Parkway, Nature, Photography, Spring

April 2015

This is a photo essay about a pine-tree-climbing rose, grown and loved by The Bomar family, in Edgewood, Tx. It becomes quite a landmark when in blooms. The road where it grows by is a part of The Old Dallas-Shreveport Historic Parkway in Van Zandt County (near the Barren Ridge historical marker). The photos were taken in early spring (April 2015). Click on the first photo and follow the ‘next/previous arrow’ to read the story in sequence.

Photographs © 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri.com

Blue Bonnet Trails in Ennis, Texas

Countryscape, Ennis, Nature, Photography, Spring

“Ennis was designated by the 1997 State Legislature as the home of the “Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail” and was designated the “Official Bluebonnet City of Texas.”  From April 1-30, Ennis showcases over 40 miles of mapped driving Bluebonnet Trails sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club.” Read more at their official website: http://www.visitennis.org/bluebonnet.htm

These photos were taken on April 20th, 2015, on the way to and along the trails.

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The Goode Garden

Edgewood, Historic Site, Nature, Photography, Spring

This is a photo essay of a garden and a house that has been capturing my eyes since I moved to Edgewood.  I finally get to know the owners and have a chance to be there and see it, up close and personal.  It’s the Goode’s Garden.

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The House

Located in the old downtown Edgewood, Texas, this house is known as “Bennett Joseph Carter” Home, built in 1912, adapting Queen Anne-style.  In 2010, it received the Official Historical Medallion from the State of Texas.  It is still in great living condition, owned, lived, and loved by the Goode family.

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Follow the Orange Brick Road

There is an open space between the main house and the garage. Almost all year round, that open space is  filled with burst of vibrant colors from flowers and there’s a glimpse of brown rocks.  I’ve been watching and admiring it for years.

SGoodes 3 |IBurke-1Being there in person, the warm brick walkways will guide one’s vision and way throughout the garden, to the flower beds in front and around the house.  Just follow the orange brick road.

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The backyard is airy and spacious, yet still a lot of things to enjoy.  A swing.  Yellow irises, by the vegetable garden.  Heirloom rose bush grows against the back fence.  Pea blossoms. An outhouse.  The azalea by the house.

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The sound of birds singing and fighting fill the air.  The red-breasted robins catching their dinner.  The deafening sound of the train passing by.

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The side porch provides the premier seats to enjoy the water-feature garden.  Hibiscus. Roses. Dianthus. Viola. Pansies. Azalea. African daisy.  Irises and many more.  Bees and butterflies. The sound of water fountain.

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Finally, there it is.  The part of the garden that I have been wanting to see.

 All photographs © 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri.com

Second Week of Spring – Iris & Wisteria

Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Spring

Still in the second week of spring, irises decorates the ground, road side, and highway’s median. Wisterias climb up the fence and wire, and form walls or even tower of purple (and some white) along the road.  They are fragrant, too.  ~ See all my spring coverage at https://inegaleri.com/category/spring/

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Second week of Spring – Native Tree Blossoms

Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Spring

Not as punchy as red bud blossoms, but these white – with slight pink shade- blossoms from the native trees are not less attractive.

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Sassafras tree with its lime-yellow blossoms looks so light and airy.

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Young leaves on the tree and weeds catching light in an early windy evening.

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Second Week of Spring – Red Bud Blossoms

Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Spring

Native red bud blossoms appearing from among limbs and branches in surrounding woods.  They get bolder and bolder each day.  The yellowish sprouting tree leaves and big blue sky only add contrast to the pink-magenta blossoms. ~ Edgewood, Texas

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The Beginning of Spring

Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Spring

Daffodils and jonquils have passed the relay baton to fruit trees and ground cover.  Pear, plum, and peach trees are blossoming, along with the red buds. Patches of white, yellow, and purple flowers of the wild ground cover catch the dew in a foggy morning.  New young cones of the pines reflect the yellow sun rays.  Bees are buzzing high and low. So is the lawn mower. Welcome, spring!

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Photographs © 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri.com

White, Gold, and Blue

Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Winter

Sleet and snow hit the area hours before dawn, blessing the beholders with a glorious white, gold, and blue in the morning.  The gold reflection on the creek is gone as soon as the sun climbs higher.  The white takes it easy and lingers until noon.  The sky is blue all day long. ~ Snow scene on March 3, 2015, in Edgewood, Texas.

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Nacogdoches Azalea Trail

Festivals, Historic Parkway, Nature, Spring, Texas

We are not too far from having these indulgence all over again.  Spring is just around the corner.  It’s peeking and waiting patiently for this wintry weather to pass.  Soon the spring blossoms will take over.  Daffodils have already started it.  Azalea and dogwood will follow soon.  This is Nacogdoches azalea trail which claims to be the largest azalea garden in Texas.  La Nana Creek is the dividing line between the Stephen F. Austin Mast Arboretum and Ruby M. Mize azalea garden where these photographs were taken last year.  See them for yourself!

Link: http://www.azaleas.visitnacogdoches.org/

All photographs © 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri,com

Altocumulus in Morning

Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Skyscape, Winter

Patches of white and grey puffy clouds spread all over the blue canvas of sky two mornings ago. From east to west, north to south. On the east, gleams of brilliant warmth reflected on the edge of the altocumulus where the sun tried to peek through. It was one-of-a-kind morning. Altocumulus in Morning | Feb 2015-1Altocumulus in Morning | Feb 2015-7

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My Small World

Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Winter

This is not Point Reyes, nor is it Sumburu Wildlife Park. This is my small world where the dog watches the sun and moon face to face in mornings.  This is the land where the pruned grapevines bask in the sun, with possibilities of getting freeze the next day or so.  This is a warm February morning in East Texas.

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A Hidden World of Mill Creek

Black and White, Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Winter

A hidden world under tangled branches, vines, and limbs in a nook of Mill Creek as it meanders along in Van Zandt County, Texas.  These two pieces will be part of Going Green Show at the 211 Art Gallery in Athens, Texas, from today through April 18, 2015.  The printed dimension for both are 11″ x 17″ print, 18″ x 24″ with frame.

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A 7 a.m. view from the front porch

Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Skyscape, Winter

A January , 7 a.m., morning view from the front porch.  These subjects with the same point of view have been photographed over and over in different lights, time, and season. Just can’t get enough of them.

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Either Side of the Bridge

Black and White, Edgewood, Fruitvale, Nature, Photography, Upper East Texas, Winter

Standing on the 2-year-old concrete bridge, these are what you will see in winter.  Tangled vines, limbs, and branches. And barren trees. The bridge is one of many that crosses over the Mill Creek in Van Zandt County, Tx.  This particular one is connecting Edgewood and Fruitvale.

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Photographs © 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri.com

Winter on the Edge of the Piney Woods

Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Upper East Texas, Winter

A triptych (3 panels) approach is used to present this common scenery of branches and limbs in a winter in East Texas. Old wet plate and eroded film look were applied.  Just another play on “On the Edge of the Piney Woods” photo series.On the Edge of the Piney Woods Triptych© 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri.com

Fiery Sunrise on the Edge of the Piney Woods

Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Skyscape, Upper East Texas, Winter

I’ve been observing and preserving the beauty of East Texas sky since I moved here, in Edgewood, in 2006. In 2012, I self-published my photography book, On the Edge of the Piney Woods, compiling the photographs of ever-changing Texas sky and the land’s natural beauty in four seasons. The sky and the land don’t stop amaze me with their ever-changing beauty and surprises, so I keep taking photographs of the same subjects. Like these views of one fiery sunrise in early winter in December 2013. The ray of golden sunlight caught my eyes through the kitchen window, as always, notifying me that a glorious scene was going to play out there in a few seconds. Without delay, I grabbed my camera and got out there in a crisp morning to capture it.

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Blurb Preview of the book, On the Edge of the Piney Woods: