The sun creeps through the tree branches and casts its rays along an open field of white prickly poppies.
Photo by Theresa DiMenno

Theresa DiMenno was driving to Llano for a Hill Country photography trip one April when she came across this field of white prickly poppies just south of town on State Highway 16.“It’s always been one of my favorite photos—the warmth of the light, the vibe of it,” says DiMenno, who lives in Austin. “The sun was low on the horizon, and I love the way the light filters through the trees and spills out across the poppies.” Most years, DiMenno makes springtime trips around Texas, keeping track of websites like for insight on regional wildflower conditions and peak blooms. “I typically photograph wildflowers during the weekdays instead of the weekend when most people are out there,” she says. “This scene captivated me not only for its beauty and abundance of flowers, but also for enabling me to feel part of the landscape.”

From the March 2023 issue

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