Photo: Lee McMullen
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Photographer Lee McMullen, a former professor of microbiology, now spends his days looking through a lens, capturing the breathtaking landscapes at Big Bend National Park in west Texas.
McMullen, 69, captured what he claims is the largest bloom of bluebonnets at Big Bend in more than three decades. Originally from Fort Worth, McMullen is a retired professor, fellow, and cell & molecular biology researcher with a PhD in biology.
Around 2009, he moved to far Terlingua, Texas, a town cradled near the north part of the park, to pursue his passion for photography.
“If I had to pick one thought as to how to live one’s life it would be to do whatever you do with quality,” McMullen said.
He now spends his days backpacking the expansive 1,250 square miles of Big Bend in search of scenes that showcase one of the most beautiful parts of Texas.
“I wanted my work to be unique,” McMullen said. “I wanted to capture an aesthetically pleasing view of this area, to photograph this area of Texas as never seen before.”
McMullen captured breathtaking portraits of a recent bluebonnet bloom in the southern part of the park that he says stretches on for miles. During last year’s bloom, McMullen captured a patch of bluebonnets that appear glowing underneath the Milky Way.
“Mocking birds were singing, and the frogs were serenading me all night long,” McMullen said recalling when he captured the photo. “The slight ripple of creek the smell of the water and the beauty of it all made me realize how lucky I was.”
To learn more about McMullen and his photos, he can be reached at [email protected]
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