March 24, 2012

A Moment in Bluebonnets


During a solitary walk among the bluebonnets at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, I was able to get up close and personal with a springtime favorite.



Honestly, I didn't hold out much hope for such a glorious spring filled with wildflowers after the brutal heat and drought we endured last summer but the welcome winter rains have encouraged so many blooms!  People eagerly spill out of their cars and pile into brightly colored swaths of bluebonnets along the roadside to have portraits made.  Little children frolic and even old men squat down amongst the flowers to have their picture taken {at their wives urging, I'm sure}.


A young artist sits quietly sketching a tranquil scene.


Cactus, bluebonnets and a shy appearance of Indian paintbrush at the top of the shot.



 A sublime spring palette of orange, yellow, green and blue.


 Moving in for a closer look...


and a different perspective.
 



Solitude sharpens awareness of small pleasures otherwise lost.
                                                                                                        ~Kevin Patterson



24 comments:

  1. Too pretty! I am so glad I got a glimpse of that beauty last march.

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  2. Can't wait to see my native lupines in my meadow...so gorgeous a deep blue...stunning pics Cat!

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  3. we're a few days behind you, here in NE Tx, but our front field is COVERED in them. they are popping out, but not in full glory yet.

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  4. Those bluebonnets are a reward for enduring the drought and heat last year. Nature's way of saying, "Well, you know, it's just how I do things, but here's something to say I'm sorry for last season".

    I love how they turn royal purple up close.

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  5. Gorgeous! It makes me so happy to see them this year. I haven't been to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in a while. Looking forward to planning a trip there this year.

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  6. What a gorgeous bloom! (and you capture it so well) Thanks for sharing such a charming flower. :)

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  7. Bluebonnets already! Things are moving along quickly in Texas. I would love to see a field of bluebonnets, but sadly none where I live.

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  8. The Bluebonnets are beginning to put on a show. It's wonderful to see all the wildflowers this year.
    Great shots...as usual.

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  9. I have always heard of them but have never seen any so close up. What a lovely, lovely bloom.

    Wonderful photography!

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  10. I've never seen Texas Bluebonnets except in photos but they remind me of English bluebells. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your sunshine and blooms on this grey, cold, rainy day.

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  11. Looking from the top down I never would have recognized this flower but as I scrolled down I realized these are a lupine! What a great perspective you have with your camera.

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  12. All around Fort Worth we have blue bonnets. They even make I30 beautiful. Your first picture is wonderful.

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  13. I love seeing these in large patches. And seeing people wade in them to have their pictures made. I don't think I've ever seen one looking down at it, as in your last picture, though. What a beautiful pattern.

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  14. What beautiful photos! and beautiful flowers :)

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  15. preciosas imágenes! Me encantan las flores azules!!.Un abrazo grande.

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  16. What a beautiful flower. You are so lucky to experience this. Nothing better than nature en mass.

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  17. I never knew what bluebonnets looked like so I have enjoyed seeing the photos of those lovely flowers!

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  18. How wonderful. The photo of the artist is very nice, I think.

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  19. I haven't visited Lady Bird lately and need to get over there. I have heard it is beautiful right now. I love the shot of the bluebonnet from the top!

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  20. These are beautiful! Thanks for the photos, which are remarkable!

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  21. I've never even seen a blue bonnet! They remind me of our lupine wildflower. Love the quote, too!

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  22. beautiful Cat and solitude too, lupin are a hardy plant yours withstand drought and mine the gales and salty winds, I sowed some seed last autumn and hope they grow,

    love the tree huging, mine are young and so I could wrap my arms around twice, Frances

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  23. A moment of quiet, a cup of tea to warm my frozen fingers, a few homemade chocolate chip cookies, just because and a screen filled with the prettiest blue flowers. How perfect!

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Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
"Pooh!" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you."
~A.A. Milne

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