Spring is by far the most beautiful season in Texas. Rain brings out the green of the land before the scorching heat of summer burns it to a well-baked brown. Wildflowers bloom in yellow, pink, red, and iconic blue. The state flower of Texas, the bluebonnet, reigns supreme and steals my breath every time.
Where I live in West Texas, we only get a sparse scattering of bluebonnets, but to the south and east, the Hill Country shows off God’s glory like no other place on earth. In honor of Spring, I thought I’d share some pictures today of Texas dressed in her Sunday best. All of these pictures were taken from the Texas Wildlife Project.
Of course, bluebonnets aren’t the only wildflower in Texas. You can also find the red Indian Paintbrush and the orange and yellow Butterfly Milkweed. Thousands of Monarch butterflies migrate through Texas between March and June each year. They are especially fond of the nectar in the milkweed flower.
Then there are the pinks of the Drummond’s Phlox and the Mexican Primrose.
“A Native American legend tells the story of a great weaver who was a member of the Comanche tribe. Everyone in the tribe revered his skill. One day the weaver realized his time on earth was drawing to a close and so he made himself a beautiful burial blanket in which to be wrapped. The night he finished the blanket he died. The next morning he was wrapped in the blanket and placed on a burial platform. When the Great Spirit came to take the weaver, the Spirit was in awe of the blanket. So as a gift to the people of the tribe, the Great Spirit now sends these colors to earth every spring in the form of the flower known in Texas as the Indian Blanket.” – Texas Wildflower Project.
- What are some of your favorite wildflowers?