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February 2024 Photo Contest

Focus on Texas: Vibrant Color

We are drawn to favorite shades, and they’re all around us

The sun rises, and the world becomes alive with color. As we marvel at hues both artificial and natural, some photographers are fortunate enough to capture the moment with vivid clarity. Come along as we wind down the back trails to see what catches the eye.

Kristen Brown, Pedernales EC: A grackle finds something to eat on the trail at Brushy Creek Park in Cedar Park.

Mark Holly, Bandera EC: An iconic San Antonio holiday scene on the Riverwalk.

Allison Morrow, Wood County EC: A horned violet.

Beverly Lyle, Pedernales EC: “Winters are wonderful in Rockport, with calm waters, colorful sunrises and tons of birds of all types.”

Scott Bowman, Pedernales EC: “Street vendor selling beautiful hammocks.”

Susie Oughton, Central Texas EC: A yellow fish in coral reef plays peek-a-boo.

Candace Reed, CoServ: “While visiting New Hampshire, I came upon this breathtaking sight where the fall foliage was reflected in the water beautifully.”

Timothy Rudd, CoServ: “A beautiful mallard drake with something to flap about on a spring morning near the Josey Ranch Athletic Complex in Carrollton.”

Kylee Bernhardt, Heart of Texas EC: The Balloon and Music Festival in Paris, Texas, on September 8. “It was my first time seeing hot air balloons up close.”

Allison Kalinich, Tri-County EC: “Our newly adopted shelter dog, Katrina.”

Candace Reed, CoServ: Tulips in Pilot Point.

Sheila Clary, Trinity Valley EC: “Beautiful people, beautiful colors.”

Faith Caughron, Trinity Valley EC: “Chocolate cherry sunflowers in my front yard close to sunset in Van Zandt County. I harvested seeds for several years to have beautiful flowers to photograph.”

Pam Johnson, MidSouth EC: A peacock fanning.

Jennifer Burgess, CoServ: Fall colors.

Robyn Smith, Pedernales EC: Taken in my backyard October 5, this northern cardinal was basking in heavenly light.

Lori Slott, Sam Houston EC: Fresh-picked strawberries from the Good Stuff Farm in New Waverly.

Raymond Testa, Farmers EC: Painted bunting.

Kelly Blackwell, Navasota Valley EC: “Farmers work until the job gets done in Coolidge.”

Scott Phillips, Farmers EC: Maya, a scarlet macaw at Texas State Aquarium.

Michael Wallace, Central Texas EC: A purple gallinule swims in a kaleidoscope of color created by the reflection of reeds and sky on wind-swept water at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.

Stacy Wright, United Cooperative Services: “Bright beauty in a stark, dry area—the Big Bend.”

Cade Weiss, Bluebonnet EC: “A wood duck takes a peaceful swim in a winding creek.”