Hunt for Bluebonnets

April 10, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Although I had visited Texas on a few occasions over the last two decades, most of the visits were brief spent with family and a few friends. Ever since I left Texas, I reminisce about the spring blue bonnets that carpet their highways and byways. I remember in the early days of living in Virginia wondering how I grow those lovely lupines on the east coast. And as the years passed, my memories of those blue bonnets waned and my floral passion was replaced white images of the snowy delicate Washington cherry blossoms. However, this past Easter weekend I got the surprise chance to re-experience one of my first floral loves the Texas blue bonnets.

Sam Houston Statue Along Texas Highway Interstate I-45Sam Houston StatueSam Houston Statue Along Texas Highway Interstate I-45

So the early Easter Saturday pre-dawn drive, I was hoping I would be seeking a chance to photograph them. It was the Sam Houston statue along highway I-45 that prompted me to pull off the side of the highway, and find my first patch of blue bonnets. True to Texas style, the statue was an eye-catcher for the little town of Huntsville, Texas - not to be mistaken for the Alabama city. There is a nice little shop and museum to check out if you have the time.

Blue bonnets at SunriseBlue bonnets at SunriseBlue bonnets & Indian Paintbrush at Sunrise

 An occasional break in the clouds allowed me to get this spectacular shot of sun flare kissing the tops of the flowers. Along with the blue bonnets the pop of contrasting red that dots the fields are the "Indian Paintbrush" wild flowers and a some dainty yellow flowers called Tickseeds, or by their latin name Coreopsis.

Indian PaintbrushIndian PaintbrushIndian Paintbrush

Indian PaintbrushIndian PaintbrushIndian Paintbrush

Tickseed wild flowersTickseed wild flowersTickseed wild flowers

As impressive the statue was my eyes kept scanning the highway for my blue carpet of blue bonnets or any iconic Texas scenes - like these grazing cows! And there was a turn off where I was able to get close enough to the bovines. I always have a funny dynamic with farm animals. Maybe because I am not used to their looks, but when I seem to catch their attention I have the feeling that they are eyeing at me like - "What do you think you're doing?" stare. 

Grazing cattle with little house and cloudy skies.Grazing cattle with little house and cloudy skies.Grazing cattle with little house and cloudy skies.

Three Cows GrazingCattle StareThree Cows Grazing and Staring At Me

Lone Cow Grazing at SunriseCow at SunriseLone Cow Grazing at Sunrise

Tickseed flowers in foreground with little house in the backgroundYellow flower sunriseTickseed flowers in foreground with little house in the background

Wild flowers, barn and sunriseWild flowers, barn and sunriseWild flowers, barn and sunrise

I still didn't have the image that I was hoping to capture of the a hillside blanketed with the blue bonnets. As I got closer to Dallas I was sure I would find a hill with them. And to my delight, I found a tall hill cascading with the waves of lush bonnets. As precarious it was to pull off the side of the highway as speedy semi-trucks whizzed by, I was able to photograph the iconic wildflowers fluttering in the morning breeze.

Bluebonnet Cascade Bluebonnet Cascade Hillside of blue bonnets Fluttering Blue bonnetsFluttering Blue bonnetsFluttering Blue bonnets  

 

 

 

 


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