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Texas Bluebonnets

April 7, 2011

Every Spring, the fields that line the Texas highways flood with seas of colorful wild flowers. Flowers that have delectable, vibrant names like Albino Paintbrush, Summer Snowflake and Rainbow Cactus. The bees delight. The photographers swarm. And families with little ones start their springtime traditions of gathering in the fields for pictures.

But what attracts people most are the famous Texas Bluebonnets.

 

 

It is the State Flower, after all. Layers of small, royal blue petals crawl up the delicate stems and make the shape of a Popsicle. They crowd together, forming a soft blanket of rich, inky blue with spots of white. And babies with silky skin and fat, chubby smiles sit amongst the fields for family pictures, wearing their Bluebonnets as the perfect accessory.

I was curious where the “bonnet” part of the Bluebonnet derived and I read (thanks to Wikipedia) that the petals resemble the shape of bonnets worn by Pioneer women to shield themselves from the sun.

Ah, sweet spring. You bring new life, new colors, and old traditions. Welcome back.

 

My baby Bluebonnet pic. Circa 1982.

 

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 7, 2011 8:18 pm

    Hey, now. You’re making me homesick with all these bluebonnet pics. It’s been ten years since I was in Texas during bluebonnet season. Gosh now I feel old….

  2. Morgan permalink
    April 8, 2011 4:59 pm

    This is one thing I truly miss about being away from Texas in the springtime…no bluebonnets here in Georgia. *sigh* Enjoy them a little extra for me! 🙂

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