Texas Highways asked me and five other photographers to come up with a holiday photo for their holiday issue. Problem for me was I was on my way out to New Mexico at the time for a photo workshop. From there I was supposed to head to Yellowstone to help lead a NANPA event. Hmmm, I thought, what to do.
I figured I could sneak back to the tip of the Texas Panhandle to shoot in a very cool, yet under visited place, the Rita Blanca National Grasslands in the Texas Panhandle.*
One of my ideas was to order some holiday lights and wrap them around a windmill. I wanted to get the Milky Way into the frame, too (I am greedy that way).
Once I got out there I realized I would probably break my neck if I tried to wrap a windmill with lights, so I settled on simply ringing the stock tanks. Using a 30 second exposure and high ISO, I found a spot where I could include the Milky Way. I cast a bit of flashlight onto the windmill to help it stand out, too.
Voilà! Happy Holidays from the High Plains of Texas!