[Please note that this post was published last year on March 16, 2010. I have brought it to the front page since it is an anniversary of the bluebonnet.]
We toured to Fredericksburg, Texas, today for a two-day vacation. This was the first bluebonnet (Lupinus texenis) I saw this spring. No large fields, yet just one blossom. It’s here, at least, a bluebonnet twixt Llano and Fredericksburg.
All the way down Highway 16, we had seen few signs of spring. Winter still dominated the landscape and roadside. One significant greening area was south of De Leon, Texas, where the trees showed green leaves beginning to sprout, but not full emergence. That was along the River Sabanna. Past Llano on Highway 16,we stopped beside the road for a rest. As we paused, I saw this one bluebonnet and got the camera out. About the time I started shooting photographs, cars and pickups whizzed by. I stopped, then took several shots. This shot was without a flash. Just natural. Shouldn’t it be that way? Natural? In springtime? In America?
Oh, I think so.