As beloved as Texas BBQ & cowboy hats, the Texas Bluebonnet is a welcome site each Spring to native Texans. Why? Because as far back as they can remember, their mommas & daddies were propping them up in a field of these beauties each spring to take pictures. I remember it. And have the pictures to prove it!
Adopted in 1901 as our state flower, the bluebonnet shares that title with 5 other bluebonnet species. Never the less, many recognize this gorgeous flower as unique to Texas. And protect it as it is an endangered species. I grew up all my life being told to "never pick a bluebonnet. It's against the law!"Texas Department of Public Safety, although they do warn against illegal trespassing on someone else's property to take a picture.
And this past last week, as we were galavanting all over Texas, we were amazed at all the bluebonnets showing their pretty little faces so soon this Spring. And of course, I being a true Texan Momma, made me kids get out and take pictures.
We took our pictures out in the Hill Country, near Kingsland off of Hwy 1431, but here are a few patches that have been discovered closer to Austin:
- Round Rock: Hwy 79 off of Old Settlers Blvd - a nice patch is starting to grow there
- Austin: Barton Springs Rd & Mopac
- Hwy 71 on the way out to LaGrange
- Austin: Howard Lane between Mopac & Parmer - a nice hill for pictures
- Cedar Park: Brushy Creek Lake Park off of Parmer
There are lots of great sites dedicated to finding bluebonnet patches. Click here to visit a website for Texas Bluebonnet Sightings in Central Texas. And Jessica from Suitcases & Sippycups posted about where to find them in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Free Fun in Austin put together this awesome Interactive Google Map to find bluebonnet patches and add them!
So get the kids, load up the car and take that annual picture!