Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bluebonnets

One of the reasons I wanted to go to Texas in the Spring was so that I could see the Bluebonnets.  Growing up, I'd see the Bluebonnets as we drove to my grandparents house, in East Texas.  I've always loved the Bluebonnets and the Indian Paintbrush.  My favorite picture of my oldest son, was taken when he was 1 year old, sitting in the Bluebonnets.
Christopher in the Bluebonnets
Parts of Texas has wonderful Bluebonnets this year, and parts were pretty thin.  I didn't see very many Bluebonnets in East Texas, near the TOGA areas, unfortunately.  In years past, I've seen fields and fields of Bluebonnets across East Texas.  Not this time. 
small patch of Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush in Bristol, TX

My mother decided that we needed to spend a few days at my brother's lake house, in the hill country, while I was visiting.  We headed out to Inks Lake.  As we neared Mason, Texas, the bluebonnets appeared. 



 I'd had some Bluebonnet trail brochures sent from the Mason Chamber of Commerce.  We only drove one of the 3 trails.  It was lovely!  We didn't stop very often to get out and take pictures (you should be glad, as I have tons of pictures).


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Bluebonnets near the cactus

More and more Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush.




more Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush with the cactus

There aren't many places to pull over, and get all the way off the highway.  We didn't want to stop unless it was totally safe.  We did stop at the entrance to someone's ranch.  I love the wooden Texas flag mixed in with the cactus and wildflowers.
Wooden Texas flag by the cactus







On the way back to San Angelo (my home town), we stopped in Mason, at a cute store.  Outside, they had more Bluebonnets.  We took a picture of some burgundy colored Bluebonnets.  They were past full color, and were faded to a pale pink by the time we got to see them.  I would have loved to see them in full color. 
faded burgundy Bluebonnets
The shop we stopped at sold yard art and had lots of antiques.  I came home with a Bluebonnet for my yard.
3 ft tall metal Bluebonnet


7 comments:

  1. The bluebonnets are gorgeous! I'd love to see them. I also like the Indian Paintbrush - just saw some in Missouri a couple of days ago. Glad you found some. ~Jeanne

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  2. They're beautiful, I really love the two colors together.

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  3. Just gorgeous and breathtaking photos! I live in Buffalo, NY and don't see these flowers!

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  4. Great photos! I've always wanted to visit Texas to see them.

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  5. Oh! That metal bluebonnet yard art is awesome! I want one!!

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  6. Gorgeous pictures. That is on my bucket list to go to Texas and see the bluebonnets. Love the picture of the bluebonnets and the indian paintbrush. Your yard art is gorgeous also.

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  7. Love all the pictures but the one with your son in the middle of the bluebonnets takes the prize.

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