Hiking JBK National Grasslands in 120MM Film


One of our favorite places to hike is the LBJ National Grasslands. It doesn’t show in the pictures but this hike was a bit crazy. When we arrived at the trailhead it was PACKED. Normally there are a handful of cars but rarely more than 10. This time, there were cars everywhere. Turns out, there were races going on, the longest of which was 50 miles. We hiked 5 miles on the red trail, thankfully the runners were spaced out a good bit. There are a variety of other trails at the national grasslands, however, they can be upwards of 20 miles long. We don’t normally want to hike that far.

If you are interested in learning more about the film camera we use, let me know! We are working on a short write up but are happy to answer specific questions.

We made this hike in early March when the red bud trees were in bloom. They are some of my favorite trees. The fact that that color purple can exist in nature always wows me. In the film we use, the purple defiantly appears more pink. That being said, I think the contrast of the green grass and gray background help this red bud in all its glory to stand out.

The images above are not the best comparison. However you can see the difference in color for a film vs a digital camera. Yes, there are edits that can be made to digital photos that can make them look like film but none of that type of editing was used here.

Past LBJ National Grasslands Hikes:

I love comparing the colors of different seasons. Spring and early summer are my favorite for wild pops of color but I also love the fall, the shift and change in hue of the world. What do you think of this hike in all its colors over time? I look forward to speaking to you in the comments. Remember to leave no trace and safe travels.

Thank you KW Photography for allowing me to use your wonderful photos!

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