“Lone Star Gate with Bluebonnets” – Considered to be the Bluebonnet Capital of North Texas, this picturesque scene is located in Ennis, Texas – a southeastern suburb of Dallas, Texas. Every April, bluebonnets attract thousands of visitors from across the state. As historian Jack Maguire so aptly wrote, “It’s not only the state flower but also a kind of floral trademark almost as well known to outsiders as cowboy boots and the Stetson hat.” He goes on to affirm that “The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland.”
Lone Star Gate With BluebonnetsApril 8, 2015
Stephen Masker is a commercial photographer based in Dallas, Texas. He received dual B.A. degrees from the University of North Texas where he studied photojournalism and political science before starting a career as a freelance photojournalist in 2008. After several years of editorial freelancing across Texas, he returned to Dallas where he established his own photography business in early 2012. In addition to editorial assignments with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Tyler Morning Telegraph, and The Dallas Observer, Stephen also trained under UNT alum and staff Getty Images photographer Chip Somodevilla based in Washington, D.C. and assisted staff National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita as a photo editor where he processed, archived, and prepared work for publication in National Geographic magazine. Mr. Masker currently resides in the North Texas area and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.