Add nature photography alongside baking bread, riding bicycles and binge-watching Netflix to the list of hobbies people are adopting as the coronavirus pandemic keeps them at home.


Patricia Rex has snapped a gallery’s worth of pictures while walking the streets and trails around Marble Falls with her husband, Jimmy. She’s photographed magnificent trees, fields of red poppies and bluebonnets, Lake Marble Falls and a horse farm, and gotten some extra exercise along the way.


“We’ve adjusted our lives, and nature and doing healthy things like walking are the best things,” says Rex, 65. “It’s kept us encouraged.”


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The couple lived in Austin in the 1970s, when she worked as a sixth-grade teacher in Leander and he attended law school at the University of Texas. They lived for a time in Midland and Andrews, where she became an art teacher, her husband served as a judge and they raised four children together. Ten years ago, they retired to Marble Falls, which Rex describes as “one of the most beautiful places we have seen.” Today, she is a grandmother, calligrapher and artist.


She and Jimmy have walked laps around their neighborhood for years, but when the stay-at-home orders went into effect, they branched out and began walking all over Marble Falls. Rex started snapping pictures with her smartphone as they went.


“It was also a way to document what we did and what we saw during the pandemic time, which was the beauty of nature (and) nature dressed in spring attire, blossoming and blooming,” she says.


The couple also love flowers. Rex has taken pictures of what’s growing all over town. “I have a field of red poppies in my yard. Every lot has bluebonnets or gaillardia or plains coreopsis. Now we have purple coneflower coming up.”


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The city has recently installed new sidewalks, and that’s made it easier to get around. The Rexes have explored places they’d driven past in cars but never seen up close, including the nature trails that wind into thickets and over streams at Johnson Park.


Rex feels like she’s gotten to know her town a little better.


“That’s how people learn the lay of the land: They walk,” she says. “And you talk. It was so neat. It reminded us when we were in our 20s and he was going to law school, we used to just talk.”


Other upsides to the forced change in habits? “We are closer to our neighbors, and we have met some new neighbors on our walks,” she says.


Rex decided to frame some of her photographs, and then some more. “Then I had enough for a gallery wall,” she says. She’s also turning some into notecards, which she gives to her neighbors.