First day of full sun and wonderful temperatures means tulips! I visited the rather small, secluded, and oh so beautiful Botanical Gardens of Grapevine once before, but it was raining. Not this time! I managed to get the wide angle tulip shot I wanted to capture, flowers, bugs, and bird. All in one day!
Grapevine always has these great small spots to bird. For instance, when the Yellow Warblers are in town I bird behind the Grapevine Best Buy. There you will see them fluttering up and down luscious growth separating DFW airport from Grapevine’s retail district. The Botanical Gardens of Grapevine is just right down the street so I had a hunch birds may be congregating close by. The biggest decision I make on each outing is which lens do I choose to mount on my camera body. The perspective provided transports me into one mindset as opposed to another. I’m a birder when the telephoto lens is on. A bee or dragonfly hunter when the macro lens is on. Looking up, looking down, very seldom do I use any lens in between. Because it was morning and my light was still not too good I went with the telephoto lens.
Entering the park I was greeted by construction crews getting the park ready for a new exhibit. The sound of electrical equipment reverberated in my head as well as the birds I knew were nearby. I nearly switched out my lens when I heard the obnoxious call of a Blue Jay. I practice ethical bird photography so I don’t like to startle the birds. I like to have them come to me. A few minutes trying to find a good vantage point of the Jay I stumbled upon a preening Eastern Phoebe.
It’s as if the birding gods smiled down upon me. Right after my flycatcher session I heard the song of a Tufted Titmouse, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Carolina Wrens, and a Blue-headed Vireo. All of these birds were in shrubs and trees close to the border of the garden adjacent to a church parking lot. Go figure!
Foot traffic at the garden picked up quite a bit prompting me to mount my macro lens. A second later a huge black bee of some sort started pollinating flowers close by.
I concluded my visit with a stroll through the park photographing all of the various flowers the Botanical Gardens in Grapevine has to offer. Most of the park will have been transformed with robotic dinosaurs by the time you plan your visit, but my visit was truly memorable and I have the photography to prove it.