I wonder what filled my thoughts on this midsummer evening a couple of years ago, as I gazed up at the clear, deep blue sky. Most likely, I was listening to an audiobook while enjoying the calm darkness and warm evening air.
During the pandemic lockdown, when I was spending so much time indoors, I appreciated moments outside, in nature, even more. On this day, as I walked around the neighborhood, the weather was lovely, mild and sunny, typical for Houston in the springtime. The vibrant beauty of these flowers in bloom stopped me in my tracks. When I look at this photo, I remember how calming that walk was, during such an uncertain time.
I took this photo in the early stage of the pandemic, when we were in lockdown. After an extended period of remaining indoors, it was so refreshing to venture outside, in the wide open space of the park. Though the season had already changed from winter to spring, I consider this scene one of the most striking “winter tree” scenes I have captured thus far.