Okay so we've lived here in Central Texas for 3 years now (has it really been 3 years already!?) and every Springtime I admire the Bluebonnets and wildflowers that bloom! It's a tradition with many Texans to take their annual Bluebonnet photos, there's even websites like Texas Wildflower Sightings where people report great picture taking spots. There's many fields blanketed with these wildflowers on the highways to Houston and San Antonio. But we've never gone out "hunting for wildflowers". So this afternoon after I made the goal to finish all my laundry, I changed my mind and got the kids and Penny in the car to go on our "hunt". I didn't want to drive far and remembered a back country road only a couple of miles from our home that takes you down to Blanco Vista river...I remembered this country road had many farmhouses with large fields. Figured there's got to be some wildflowers along that road. Well there were tons! Only many of them we're behind fences on farmland. Then I spotted a beautiful hill of wildflowers and it was next to.....a cemetery. Perfect, we were allowed to explore!
Madeline and James had fun exploring the field, picking flowers, chasing butterflies. It was a beautiful spot. Can't believe it's only about 5-10 minutes from our home, pretty much in our "backyard"!
A field of Bluebonnets (our official Texas state flower) and Texas Dandelion.
Penny Lane smelling the wildflowers...I didn't know how fragrant these flowers were. But when we got out of the car and started walking around the field, it smelled so sweet!
A butterfly caught Penny's eye.
A beautiful oak tree.
James was napping in the car when we finally found this spot. So he was a little grouchy when we first started walking around.
But he warmed up and started exploring. Here he found some Indian Paintbrush.
Madeline is always picking flowers...she looks everywhere for them. So you can imagine she was in flower heaven here!
Some Indian Paintbrush amongst the Bluebonnets.
James didn't want to smile for the photo and I even bribed him with "we'll go get ice cream afterwards!". What a stink butt! LOL
Here's the cemetery that's next to the hill of wildflowers. It was so peaceful and quiet there, we were the only ones there!
This tree reminded me of the one described on the Shawshank Redemption...
Andy Dufresne: There's a big hayfield up near Buxton. You know where Buxton is?
Red: Well, there's... there's a lot of hayfields up there.
Andy Dufresne: One in particular. It's got a long rock wall with a big oak tree at the north end. It's like something out of a Robert Frost poem. It's where I asked my wife to marry me.