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May 2023 Photo Contest

Focus on Texas: Taking Flight

When good timing and planning find things up in the air

Texas, where dreams take wing and the spirited soar! Whether it’s to fly the friendly skies or capture the beauty of local wildlife, Texans love being outdoors. With a taxi down the runway and clear skies ahead, it’s time to take off into the wild blue yonder.

Crystal Martin, Farmers EC: Blue Angels soar over Pensacola Beach, Florida.

Fain Zimmerman, Victoria EC: A female ruby-throated hummingbird and thistle plant.

Rachel Spencer, Central Texas EC: “The turkeys here on the ranch are very busy in the fall. On this day they were flying across one of our creeks to find more food.”

Theresa McKee, Fannin County EC: Taken in downtown Dallas, a plane flies directly above, creating a reflection in one of the buildings.

Kenneth Blackwell, Bartlett EC: A great egret in flight on Galveston Island.

Tony Plutino, Central Texas EC: Approximately 8 million Mexican free-tailed bats exit in a “batnado” at the Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve in Mason County.

Patrick Conroy, Trinity Valley EC: Conroy pilots the Red Baron in Berryville at the Aero Estates Airport. Photo by Carrie Barton.

Rob Daniel, Tri-County EC: Commemorative Air Force flight at the Breckenridge Air Show.

Jean Hougnon, Pedernales EC: “I took this in 2017 at the Highland Village Balloon Festival.”

Thulasi Jayasundara, Grayson-Collin EC: Birds flying.

Therese Beck, Pedernales EC: Two lesser black-backed gulls near Corpus Christi.

Mark Garton, Bryan Texas Utilities: “This red-tailed hawk was not fazed by a northern mockingbird pecking at him until a second one joined in. He then decided it was time to leave.”

Whitney Wilfert, Jackson EC: “Honoring the Air Force Academy cadets, this shot was taken while visiting my brother, a first-year cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy.”

Melissa Parks, Trinity Valley EC: “There’s always lots to see on Bolivar Peninsula—especially birds. These roseate spoonbills and egrets were feeding right beside the road to the mud flats.”