Thursday, March 23, 2017
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Spring to Texans includes watching for the mounds of Bluebonnets which begin to beckon. This year, the Bluebonnets have been both plentiful and beautiful, a result of the perfect combination of rain and temperature. But they were 3 to 4 weeks earlier than usual. Before some folks had made their way out the stretches of Texas road that are usually the best for photographing the spreading quilt of early wildflowers which include Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush, the showiest patches of them were already beginning to seed and fade. I have heard people say these lovely blooms, the Texas state flower, were the best this year they have ever seen. The blanket of blue in this photograph was only a few miles away from my home, and just down the street from my son's house. The developer of this neighborhood had the forethought and insight to sow bluebonnet seeds and avoid mowing them before they had a chance to bloom. We might never have made it an hour's drive out to see the country bluebonnets, but these town flowers got the same result - Wow!
It is traditional to take pictures when the Bluebonnets are in full bloom. Here are a few we took while Maddie and Jordann were visiting a couple of weeks ago! The Bluebonnets are almost gone, but the little girls are coming back for Easter!
Monday, March 28, 2011
Although seeds have been taken to grow in other places, the two predominant species of bluebonnets are found growing naturally only in Texas and at no other location in the world. When I was growing up in East Texas, we watched for the first bluebonnets, usually accompanied by other Texas wildflower color, especially the complimenting colors of Indian Paintbrush and Crimson Clover.
I don't have a Stetson, can't ride a horse, and cowboy boots make my feet hurt. But I am glad to be a Texan, and love bluebonnets as much as the lady bugs on these I photographed just down the road.