|Bluebonnets and Indian paint brushes |
decorate roadsides in Central Texas.
This post has been updated for 2020. Even though we are required to stay at home during the COVID-19 outbreak, it should still be possible to drive in your own car (skip the ice cream stop along the way) to admire nature's beauty. Just take a solo drive (of course, include family members who live in your household and are not sick or at increased risk) and you'll come home refreshed with a more serene outlook.
As we approach the end of March wildflowers have really begun bursting into color on central Texas roadsides. The next two or three weeks should provide the best opportunities for seeing bluebonnets, red Indian paint brushes, and numerous varieties of pink, white, yellow, orange, and purple flowers that decorate the Texas Hill Country landscape each spring.
If you decide to take wildflower viewing day trip, keep a few guidelines in mind. Be vigilant of traffic when stopping beside the road, and be mindful not to trespass on private property. Enjoy the sights, and don't forget your camera!
In past years, we have headed out from Austin for a wildflower drive, 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.|
If you get to Llano, look for beautiful bluebonnet displays on Hwy 16 and south of Llano. You might see a large field of prairie verbena near Johnson City on the south side of U.S. 290. The old school yard at Prairie Mountain, which you'll pass on the way to Fredericksburg, is generally filled with pink and yellow flowers that make a lovely photo.
As usual, Willow City Loop will likely be 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 (but there's no law against picking wildflowers). Take care and leave the seasonal show for others to enjoy, too.
|We couldn't resist posing among the bluebonnets!|
Photos by Beverly Burmeier