|Bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes|
make an awesome combination.
Spring wildflowers are blooming now, so if you plan to take a wildflower drive this year, don't delay. Many lovely patches have been reported, even if they're a bit less than in previous years.
Drive between Hempstead and Brenham or from Columbus to Austin, including La Grange, on Hwy 71 to see some beautiful blooms. FM 2233 and 2900 around Kingsland have nice patches, as does Toll Road 130, although it's a bit tricky to stop there.
Near Austin, Cedar Park and Brushy Creek Lake Park, Marble Falls, and Llano along Hwy 71 or Hwy 16 are other good spots for snapping photos of bluebonnets.
Report from 2012: If you love wildflowers, now is the time to drive through the Texas Hill Country. Thanks to winter rains, bluebonnets are reaching their peak earlier than usual this year, although the striking red Indian paint brushes seem to be a bit later. Roadsides and occasional fields are bursting with color, especially welcome after the drought of 2011 resulted in fewer and smaller flowers. The next week will see an explosion of blooms, so get out there now!
We headed out from Austin for a wildflower drive recently, turning west on Hwy 71 towards Marble Falls. We stopped along the highway at several thick patches of bluebonnets—the perfect backdrop for photos of kids and dogs. Thanks to seeding by TXDOT, roadsides have sprouted with thick carpets of bluebonnets in many locations. Just be sure there’s ample space to pull off the road and take photos without trampling the flowers.
|Bright orange claret cups decorated a roadside patch.|
|Bluebonnets and huisache daisies cover a roadside field.|
As usual, reported sightings say Willow City Loop is gorgeous. If you chose to drive the Loop, remember that it’s a private road through private property, and it’s against the law to trespass. Take care and leave the seasonal show for others to enjoy, too.
|We couldn't resist posing among the bluebonnets!|
Photos by Beverly Burmeier