Wednesday, April 1, 2015

365 Project #92 Bluebonnet Season!

If you're 'not from around here' it's difficult to describe a good bluebonnet season.  Conditions have to be pretty much just right.  Bluebonnet plants grow all winter, but they're a short, gray-green that's easy to overlook.  If there has been regular rain all winter, the world explodes in a purple-blue blanket on every roadside, hill, pasture and in great swathes people leave unmowed for wildflower season.

The Texas Bluebonnet Trails are world-famous and a magnet for tourists in the early spring.  If you leave your house in a bad mood, it's impossible to stay upset for long with the beauty around you.  Fortunately, this is just the beginning of a long Texas wildflower season.

This area of Central Texas has been experiencing a years-long drought that has meant Lake Buchanan is experiencing very low water levels for several years.  The docks that are on what used to be lakefront properties are sitting on dry ground.  The only good thing about this is that apparently dry lake beds are the perfect growing medium for bluebonnets.  This is Lake Buchanan with the first heavy flush of the season.  I'm delirious!