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Instagram contest winner: America the Beautiful

Posted 10:16am on Thursday, Jul. 03, 2014

Last week, we asked you to show us your best versions of America the Beautiful — in and around North Texas — in our Instagram contest. Thanks to those who entered; we got some terrific entries, and we’ve crowned a winner: Ricky Trevino of Fort Worth.

Trevino is a paint contractor and amateur photographer, and he captured this gorgeous photo of his 9-year-old daughter, Madeline, draped in an American flag.

He says he noticed the wheat field on 287 in Haslet when he was working out there. “I said, man, I want to come back around sunset and try to get a shot,” he said. “Well, when my kids and I went, the combines were already out there cutting all the wheat down. It was a huge field, and they had already cut the outer edge, so we had to walk all the way through the cut wheat to get to some that hadn’t been.”

Trevino knew he wanted to do something with the flag, but didn’t know what. Madeline, he says, wasn’t crazy about standing in the middle of a field wearing flip-flops, the wheat stalks poking at her feet.

“She just happened to grab that flag and draped it over her shoulders, and she just happened to walk in front of me and I caught that. It’s kind of one of those at the right time, the right place.”

Trevino says he ran this photo through the Snapseed photo-editing app, and tweaked the brightness and color saturation until he got the look he wanted. That look scored him a four-pack of tickets to Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic in the Stockyards.

You can find Ricky’s Instagram feed at @rkdm_photos.

A shout-out to our runner-up, Serena Kundysek (@TexSerena), who shot another of our favorites, an old tractor — granted, quite a few miles south of DFW, in the Hill Country on the Llano River.

Congrats to Ricky and Serena, and thanks again to those who entered. Happy Fourth!

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