Note the pods!
A recent article in the “Houston Chronicle” informed us that bluebonnets are part of the bean (legume) family. That struck me as odd, because I had never seen pods near our beloved state flower (yes, images from “The Body Snatchers” did just pop into my head!).
Until last Sunday.
It was too nice of a day to stay inside . . . especially if it meant decluttering, which we need to do desperately. So instead the Mister and I (plus my Nikon dSLR and Nikon 105mm macro lens) left my 10-mile comfort radius and made the big drive to Houston. First, we enjoyed lunch at Goode Co. BBQ. When I saw a small patch of bluebonnets across the street, I walked over and snapped the above pic.
Almost looks patriotic
Eventually we ended up at TC Jester Park, where I’ve snapped many a disc golf and wildflower photo. The place was brimming with beauty! Bluebonnets were plentiful.
Crimson and clover, over and over
As well as bright crimson clovers (anyone else hearing the Tommy James and the Shondells’ song playing in their head?).
Ready for a drink
Winecups dotted the scenery.
Plus a few Mexican hats.
Small but mighty
Tiny flowers added bits of brightness, too.
Naturally, others horned in on my fun.
King of the bluebonnet!
I didn’t mind sharing the experience with skippers and butterflies.
Snuggling with an Indian blanket
But, as usual, there were too many bees. I know how important they are in nature. However, when they start chasing me away, I can almost hear them taunting me as they buzz . . .
Please bee nice
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Indian paintbrush surround a disc golf basket.
I haven’t traveled all over the great state of Texas.
In fact, I don’t like to leave my 10-mile radius in our town outside of Houston.
Still, I can’t imagine any Texas towns that are prettier than Gonzales during the spring when the wildflowers are blooming.
More Indian paintbrush
It just so happens that driving the back way home from San Antonio takes you smack-dab through this historic, little village. I detoured a bit to see how the flora looked along the disc golf course.
Indian paintbrush amid the bluebonnets
And I was richly rewarded! I’ve never seen so many clusters of Indian paintbrush. They look so wonderful mixed in with the bluebonnets . . . probably because the University of Illinois’ colors just happen to be orange and blue. Hail, alma mater, ever so true (so true).
A butterfly enjoys a false garlic.
The skippers and butterflies, though, seemed partial to the maroon winecups and white false garlic.
I wonder if they’re Aggies!
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Tagged Aggies, bluebonnets, butterfly, Gonzales, Indian Blanket, Indian paintbrush, Texas, University of Illinois, wildflowers, winecups