My Lens Baby/ Big Bend gals and I drove out from Plano, Texas, all the way to Albany, Texas to the Ft. Griffin State Historic Site.

This place has been on my bucket list since 2016, finally got there in 2021!  Our family had moved to The Woodlands and it was a 6 hour drive so not happening.  In 2019,  we moved back to the Dallas area, but at that time this site was closed to night sky photographers, as some people were misbehaving and driving across grassy meadows and littering.

Luckily a local photographer was able to give access to a few photographer in group – I am so thankful.

Ft. Griffin State Historic Site.  A U.S. Calvary site was established in July 31, 1867.  The stone structures were built to give settlers protection from early Commanche and Kiowa Raids. (cr: Wikipedia).

We’ve had a ton of rain here recently, so this field was full of mosquitos at dusk.  So many the they were still biting us even with bug spray on.  The pretties thing besides the sparking night sky was the incredible amounts of fireflies – the filed nearby were literally sparkling with fireflies.

This is a stacked image so I am working to improve my Milky Way shots each time I shoot.



Eliz Alex Photography  specializes in children and family sessions  in the Dallas, Texas area including Plano, Texas; Allen Texas; Frisco, Texas, McKinney Texas.  Please message  to schedule your family’s photographic adventure with me!

Little people call her Camera Girl.  Elizabeth’s middle people, two boys, call her Mommy.  She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy maker, excitement for discovery, and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles, middles, and their families on photographic adventures.  Elizabeth’s love of nature and volunteer work at a local conservancy keep her connected to the land, and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local fauna, and the candid and the magical moments of the families she guides.