A Sublime Landscape

Some might consider it little more than a proverbial wide spot in the road, but Sublime, Texas — population seventy-five or so — has a post office, a Lutheran church founded in 1868, and some of 2021’s earliest bluebonnets.

Traveling west of town on Alternate Highway 90 last weekend, I began to see pastures and rangeland that were filling with flowers. Before long, those familiar reds and blues spread among the oaks will be joined by an extravagance of colorful yellows, pinks, and whites.

No one around Sublime minds a pure blue field, of course.

After all, this is the highway and these are the fields that gave rise to one of the loveliest tributes possible to our state wildflower, and our “sweet bluebonnet spring.”

You don’t have to be Texan to get a tear in your eye when you hear Emmylou and Willie sing Nanci Griffith’s “Gulf Coast Highway,” but if you are a Texan, you probably can’t help it. I know I can’t.

Comments always are welcome.

151 thoughts on “A Sublime Landscape

    1. Spring in Texas is a wonder. We had an extraordinary wildflower year in 2019, and I don’t think this year will match it because of the freeze and continuing drought, but there’s plenty of beauty to be seen.

    1. I’m hoping to find some truly large spreads of mixed color across the hills this year. Maybe yes, maybe no — but even a single bluebonnet can make the heart sing.

  1. Dear Linda,
    ‘Sublime’ – what a funny name for a settlement.
    You have a lot of blues right now here we have yellow everywhere. The daffodils are a kind of weed at our coast and when they are gone then the red poppies will flower (therefore our coast is called Poppyland).
    Thanks for sharing.
    All the best. Happy Easter
    The Fab Four of Cley

    1. Even in the 1800s, the real estate developers and marketers knew their business. After a post office named Sublime was established in 1875 near the Navidad river crossing, the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway completed a line through the area. A man named Robert Miller donated land along the tracks for a townsite, and kept the name ‘Sublime’ in hopes of attracting new residents. It never took off as a town, but the land in the area’s beautiful.

      There are reds and yellow appearing here, too. I enjoy the fields of bluebonnets, but my favorites are the fields of vibrant mixed colors. With luck, we’ll be granted some of those fields, too.

      Happy Easter to the Fab Four!

  2. By coincidence—or not such a coincidence if you consider the season—we both showed bluebonnet colonies this morning.

    We have to assume mail gets handled a lot better than average at the Sublime U.S. Post Office, and the Sublime Baptist Church sounds like it’s a heavenly place. (When I checked an online map to see where this little town is, I found the names of those two institutions marked on the map. However, when I clicked on the one for the post office, a picture came up of a dirt road out in the country. Hmmm.)

    1. Some maps show the post office north of Alt 90 on FM 146, just past the Baptist parsonage. Some sites say it’s closed now, and some list a post office in Sheridan, just eight miles down the road. Perhaps that’s considered the Sublime post office. There’s a phone number listed for the one in Sublime; I’ll give it a try once they open. If nothing else, I may take a jaunt up FM146 and see what I can see. Dirt roads in the country are worth seeing no matter what — if nothing else, the Old Plainsman that was just beginning to bloom near Sublime may be coming into its own.

  3. Thanks for the lovely photos. Yet, they only just reveal how magnificent our eyes are to be able see the depth and breadth that we can see.

  4. Wailing for the Bluebonnets each spring reminds me of the years and years when Leon Hale would make the trip he called “Primavera”… his annual trip south looking for assurance that once again spring was coming north… Like many of his “customers” I was saddened when he stopped making the pilgrimage in 2004 after a quarter of a century. But then again, I was even sadder when he hung up his truck keys and ended his wanderings not many years after and retired to his place in Winedale…


    1. Leon Hale was a treasure. I was so sorry to hear he’d died on the 27th — just a couple of days after I made my own trip to find spring. I never was certain that he was right about the mesquite trees being the best sign of spring — I’ve been indoctrinated to believe the pecan trees fill that role — but maybe farther south the mesquite is the sign.

      One thing that’s been noticeably absent this spring is the Huisache. I’ve looked and looked, but haven’t seen a hint of it. It might be a little delayed because of the freeze, but I’ll keep looking.

      1. For me pecans are always late to the game of spring. I always look at them as the ones who will assure you there will not be a freeze because they waited so long to leave out. None of my pecans around here have even a hint of green yet.

    1. I’d love to know what the land looked like in the 1800s, when the town was established. Some of the old accounts of spring wildflowers make clear that they were as profuse then as they are today, and perhaps even more so. It’s an area rich in history and tall tales as well as beauty. Living in the city can be convenient, but life in small town Texas has its own charms.

  5. Lovely photos, Linda. Been thinking a bunch about Texas bluebonnets, here of late. Wondering how they’d fare February’s arctic blast. Nice to know all is right in the world of bluebonnets. Taking a road trip to visit them, and attempt to take in their splendor, is something I’ve missed. So. I count it a real treat to ride along with your’s… even if only digitally. Like these bluebonnets, here’s hoping all is also well in your world, these days. Janell

    1. What a nice surprise! I think of you every now and then — especially when I cross ‘This Way’ or ‘That Way’ in Lake Jackson, or pass by the old Kitty’s Purple Cow. After Kitty died, her daughter ran the place for three years, but it finally closed for good last October. As a Surfside acquaintance said, “They decided to moooove on.”

      The bluebonnets not only survived, they seem to have thrived. They were coming on a little early, and from what I’ve been told, the freeze slowed them down enough that their roots developed even more, and the plants became a little more hardy. There’s no question that these are the tallest bluebonnets I’ve seen. I’ve come across the Sandyland bluebonnet this year ( Lupinus subcarnosus) but I’m sure these are L. texensis. They’re beautiful, and I caught them early enough that the banners still were mostly white.

      Otherwise? All’s well. Life always has its challenges, but none of mine have been health-related, thank goodness. Happy Easter!

  6. An absolutely amazing sight, wow. A bunch of wow’s.
    The town Sublime reminds me of some other music, you must know, The subdudes, from New Orleans? “All The Time in the World”

    1. Ha! We may not have Wawas, but we do have a few WowWows! And you bet I know the subdudes. “All the Time in the World” is a great song — it’s just the right mix of all those influences that make their music memorable. As I like to say, we all have all the time there is. The only question is, what are we going to do with it?

    1. Gorgeous is the word. We’re blessed with so many delectable wildflowers; once these begin to decline, there will be others to take their place.

    1. It is, Rupali. In a way, it’s a bit of a game, trying to decide when the bloom will come. There’s one section of highway about thirty miles away that always has the first bluebonnets in the area. When I see even one plant blooming there, I know it’s time to start watching.

    1. I hope I can find a good mix of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush this year. If the flowers split 50/50 in a field, they can make the land look purple. That’s really something to see!

    1. Your California poppies are just as lovely as they spread across the hills. I’ve never been able to photograph large areas of flowers to my liking, but these photos capture the beauty better than any I’ve made before; I’m glad you enjoyed them — and the song.

      1. Sometimes we also have swaths of blue or purple lupines mixed in with the poppies, and that is even more lovely to my mind. But I don’t often see that sort of display in person.

    1. Thanks, Misti! The time I spent with these flowers made up for missing early spring in east Texas. After the winter we had, I’ve just been in the mood for more dramatic color — with any luck, I’ll find more of those ‘mixed bouquets’ in the coming weeks.

    1. With so many flowers, the scent is part of the fun. I wished the sky had been a bit more blue, but when it comes to flowers, we have to play the hand we’re dealt. What’s especially fun is coming over a hill or around a corner and suddenly seeing them spread out in front of you — especially on back roads where traffic’s light, and slamming on the brakes is perfectly acceptable.

    1. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a photo of Lucy and Twiggy in a field of bluebonnets? At Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, they have an area where children and pets can have their photos taken without destroying the flower crop. I don’t know if you could manage to keep the girls still, but I can imagine the photo!

    1. No tricks or jokes here, Ally. I don’t have a smart phone, and don’t use apps or filters. I just roam around with my old Canon and do what I can. I crop photos, of course, but I try to keep things as close to how I saw them as possible — and this is how I saw these fields. They were drop-dead gorgeous.

  7. Oh, those gorgeous bluebonnets! I need to visit Texas again just to see them because in all our visits there many years ago (when we lived in Oklahoma), we never got to view bluebonnets.

    1. It crossed my mind that your covered bridges would look especially good surrounded by bluebonnets; they’d really make that red stand out. It’s a little amusing: many people think only of bluebonnets when they think of Texas wildflowers, but there are so many more beginning to bloom now. I’m eager to see the purples, yellows, and magentas, too.

    1. I suspect the original naming was as much a matter of hope as of description, but over the decades, it certainly has found a way to live up to its name. I almost wish there were a town in Texas named ‘Ridiculous.’ That way, you could take a trip from Sublime to Ridiculous!

    1. You’re welcome, Oneta. Now I’m wondering if somewhere in the state there’s an actual spring named ‘Bluebonnet.’ We’ve got everything else: bluebonnet kitchen towels, door mats, coffee mugs, memo pads….

  8. My heart beats faster when I see these images. It is just so beautiful. I try to imagine what it would be like to experience the wind, the fragrance and the bird song too. It is just too beautiful for words.

    1. There’s beauty to be found in every part of the world. It’s always tempting to imagine that the unique, the beautiful, and the impressive are somewhere else, but there’s enough close at hand to satisfy us all — provided we take time to look. I’ve always admired photos of bluebonnets, but having photos of my own is better. Even if they aren’t technically perfect, they carry that sense of place you mentioned; they help memories to live.

    1. Maybe you should just come for a visit, and sink into all that floral beauty for a couple of weeks. It looks as though moving to town could be complicated. Especially if you wanted to work from home, you might need to bring your satellite dish with you.

  9. Wow! A tiny place of 75 souls with the name of Sublime, a Lutheran church and a post office is impressive, but even more impressive are your photos showing off the carpets of colourful flowers, Linda.

    1. Texas small towns are wonderful. Many of them, like Sublime, are found along rail lines that first connected the towns. What’s especially interesting is that the people who live in the towns love the flowers as much as those who travel to see them. I came across one couple that was having their engagement photo taken in a local field; that was a fun encounter.

  10. I’ve never felt so stupid and glorious all at the same time…I’ve lived in Texas all my life, and two of my favorite all-time performers are Willie and Emmylou…and I’ve never heard that song.
    Shame on me. Thanks so much, Linda.

    1. That just proves there’s always one more wonderful thing to discover about Texas. For me, the song’s deeply touching; it’s as much about the country people I’ve known here as about the flowers. Perhaps only Emmylou and Willie could make a song about ricefields, roustabouts, and hard times sound so sweet, without falling into sentimentality.

    1. It’s a gem, isn’t it? I first heard Nanci Griffith’s version. James Hooker wrote the music for Nanci and played it for her as they rolled down the Pennsylvania Turnpike in a blizzard. Danny Flowers and Nanci wrote the lyrics, and the song was released on her album entitled Little Love Affairs in 1988.

  11. Never in all my born days have I seen such a sight in person. Katy was short sheeted. Thanks for the loveliness.

    1. That made me grin. I’ve not thought about short-sheeting in a while, but it was quite the camping tradition when I was a kid. We’re much like Katy; the bluebonnets around here mostly have been planted and nurtured by human hands. That’s part of the reason pilgrimage is required for many people to see them; they aren’t found everywhere in the state. But where they bloom? They’re wonderful.

      1. Thanks for putting my mind at ease. LOL. I remember when Ladybird Johnson personally “strewed” seeds and planted bluebonnets along major by-ways in Texas. I just knew I’d see them some day. Silly me. I saw them in Texas Monthly. I guess that counts.

        Bluebonnets are still on my Bucket List. Alas. There are no pilgrimages in the near future so it’ll be back to Texas Monthly, and that’s good enough for now.

  12. Mercy, these are stunning, Linda!! Thank you for sharing them here. While I enjoy seeing the multicolored fields, it’s the pure blue that wins my heart … every time!

    1. The variety among the fields is especially nice. Some remain blue, others become mixed as the season progresses. Fields red with Indian paintbrush are striking, too, but let’s face it: any color is welcome in the spring. I’m glad I found some of this pure blue for you. Even if I don’t find any more fields this spring, it was a delight to find these.

    1. To see them in their natural habitat, you’d have to come to Texas; they’re endemic here, and although other lupines grow around the country, we’re the bluebonnets’ home. I love that song, too, and I was pleased to find a decent video setting for it: one that complements the song, rather than competing with it.

  13. Willie and Emmylou singing Nancy, while we gaze on the Texas spring!! Does it get any better than that? Love your photos, Linda–sublime indeed. Funny story: when I worked at Zilker Botanical here in Austin, a woman asked where she could see bluebonnets. She asked this question in late summer! She was so sweet and disappointed, but she said she would come back! I proceeded to show her all the late summer/early autumn bloomers and she was somewhat mollified.

    We’ll be driving to Navasota in the latter part of April to pick up a new beehive (BeeWeaver is no longer “hived” in Austin). I hope the conditions hold up for a good show. Probably not bluebonnets, but there should be other nice things.

    1. You might see bluebonnets. When I got north of I-10, there were plenty around, but they all were so fresh many had only half-opened. Still, as you say, there will be something to see. I laughed at your story about the woman. It reminded me of the time I was on the Willow City loop and a couple in an out-of-state car asked if there was anywhere to see wildflowers. We were surrounded by flowers of every sort, but of course they were looking for bluebonnets. So many people focus on the bluebonnets that they miss a good bit of other loveliness.

      Can you believe I had to double-check the location of Navasota? There are areas of the state I’m just not familiar with, and that’s one. Looking at the map, I was especially struck by the names of some other little towns near there: Independence, William Penn, and Washington. There’s a little history there, in more than one way.

  14. What a sublime name for a sweet small town. I’m learning about Texas through your blog and also a good California friend recently moved to Austin. So much to learn. Gorgeous photos!

    1. It wasn’t quite so small in its heyday, but at least it hasn’t disappeared. It has larger towns not so very far away to the east and to the west, so even clinging to its place along the highway is a kind of triumph. I’m more than happy to introduce anyone to Texas; it’s an interesting — and beautiful — place.

    1. It’s a sight worth seeing, no doubt about that. While everyone loves the bluebonnets, there are other flowers already making an appearance that are just as striking. We’ll be abloom through October or November, now.

  15. Very beautiful. If it wasn’t for the fact I am a Dutch born Australian I would be tempted to ask for Texan nationality if not residency status.
    Lovely post with great sounds. Thank you, Linda

    1. Dual citizenship’s common enough, but is there the possibility of tri-citizenship? If not, maybe we could get you an ambassadorship, or at least you could be something like a Special Envoy. Lyle Lovett, one of our favorite Texas singer/songwriters has just the tune for you. As the chorus says, “That’s right you’re not from Texas — but Texas wants you anyway.” I will admit that my favorite line from the song is, “Even Moses got excited when he saw the Promised Land!” I know I get excited when I’m returning from Elsewhere, and cross the state line.

  16. Sublime certainly lives up to its name, Linda. I’m more used to seeing films of yellow along the highway, courtesy of mustard. Any field of wildflowers is a joy to see, regardless of color! I also liked the lone stand of trees. –Curt

    1. There’s something about a single tree in a pasture, just as there’s something special about a single sea stack against the horizon. It’s interesting that in your current post it was the green island that really caught my eye. I think it’s another example of color-hunger asserting itself.

      1. I agree, Linda. The tree and the island both pull you into the photo and are aesthetically pleasing. Both color and contrast provide focus and can add an element of drama. –Curt

  17. Remember these fields of bluebonnets well. On the drive from Dallas to San Antonio, we stopped and took photos of our daughter in the bluebonnets. Lady Bird Johnson was responsible for so many fields of blue. I have a lovely painting of Texas oaks and bluebonnets hanging in my Arizona home. Thank you for your stunning photography, Linda.

    1. Family photos, kid photos, wedding and engagement photos, senior year photos — everyone likes having their photo taken among bluebonnets. The only thing I’ve yet to see is a funeral in a bluebonnet field. Wildseed Farms, which grows flowers for seed, has set aside a special bluebonnet-filled space for photo-taking, just so people with the compulsion don’t tear up their other fields.

      Lady Bird certainly was a moving force for the promotion of our native plants generally, and for highway beautification in particular. Still, the flowers were here long before Lady Bird. I have some correspondence between my gr-gr-grandmother and a friend from their post-Civil War Texas days. There are references to the wildflowers, and to my grandfather’s apparent love for them.

    1. This is our answer to your bluebell woods, Derrick. The setting and the colors are a little different, but the pleasure is no doubt the same. I’m happy you enjoyed the land, and the song.

  18. We drove US 90 from Hondo to Uvalde yesterday and the bluebonnets were starting to show. The drought was particularly bad down there and I’m hoping it didn’t set them back too much. I hope we see more in a few weeks when we go back to Uvalde for our 2nd COVID injection.

    I’ve always loved that Nanci Griffith song but hadn’t heard that version, so thanks.

    1. I’ve heard that the Willow City Loop is sad, at best. Since I’ve had the pleasure of bluebonnets already, I don’t mind missing them on the Loop and in that area generally, but I’m hoping that other plants will rebound. It may even be that droughty conditions helped the cacti and yuccas. I’ve watched some of my own succumb to a combination of water and freezing temperatures, and there’s nothing photogenic about mushy plants.

      I read once that Willie paraphrased the old saying, suggesting that “there are two types of people in the world, those who love Emmylou Harris and those who do not know her.” That sounds about right to me: certainly in regard to her music.

    1. It took me a couple of days to realize that the town’s name deserved to be mentioned, one way or another. I’m glad it tickled you, and I’m glad you enjoyed the flowers. The sight of fields of color seems to appeal to everyone, whether poppies in California or lavender in France. We don’t usually have such views, but this is the season, and I’m glad I found these to share.

  19. We have our fair share of spring blooms here in the Lowcountry that draw crowds of out-of-towners every year but we have nothing like those vistas full of bluebells and other wildflowers.

    Simply lovely!

    1. Bluebells? What was I thinking? Bluebonnets! Bluebonnets!

      I think I need to go home. It’s been a long week.

      1. This made me chuckle again. I do hope you had a nice, relaxing weekend. I’m stretching out the weekend just a bit. When the flowers are blooming, there’s no saying, “Well, I think I can fit this into the schedule next month.”

    2. Your love of all things English is showing! The same thing had occurred to me — that our bluebonnets are the closest thing we have to those bluebell woods that English bloggers love to show. The treat on Easter was white, rather than blue. I’m eager to get home and see if I managed a decent photo or two of those flowers.

    1. It almost feels as though nature wants to make up for her shenanigans in February. I have heard that the freezing weather we had actually was good for the bluebonnets. They were at risk of blooming too soon, but the ice and snow put an end to that. We’re all grateful!

    1. When I was a child, I hunted Easter eggs. Today, I hunt Easter flowers, and it’s just as much fun. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. Our spring spectacle is relatively short-lived, but the floral pleasures will go on for months, and that’s a blessing, indeed. Happy Easter to you and yours, Allen!

  20. What gorgeous fields of flowers, Linda! The song is a beautiful accompaniment to your photos. That is a very soulful, beautiful version of Nanci Griffith’s song. Thank you!

    1. I’m glad you brought the song back to my mind, Lavinia. I’ve always liked it, but didn’t know this version, and I was delighted to find it. I’d love to find a few more fields of flowers, too, but that’s often a matter of luck, and I’ve already been very lucky with these!

  21. It would be really hard to keep going after seeing those landscapes in person! If riding with somone else, I might say, ‘I’ll get out here, stay for the day and either walk or hitch a ride back.’

    or spend the night….

    lovely, and i look forward to seeing this at home in better light and unhurried mode.


    1. You would have enjoyed the scent as much as the sight, Lisa. This has been a particularly fragrant spring; not only the bluebonnets, but the wisteria and the spider lilies have been thick enough to really scent the air. What we’re missing is the huisache. I have hope that my favorite tree survived the freeze, but I’ve not seen even a hint of a bloom, so it’s not likely. No matter. There are other delights — and a few oddities — to be shared!

    1. Bah, humbug, indeed! I’ll snoop around a little and see if I can find another Emmylou/Willie duet, so you can at least hear their version. It’s perfect.

  22. I usually prefer the original writer/performer but have to say that Emmylou and Willie did Nancy one better..I listened to a live version of her too. And of course, having all those wonderful images to enjoy while listening made it even lovelier. And yours, well I love ’em all and that first one should have been part of the video reel. No tears but lots of warmth.

    1. This has become my favorite version of the song. I think Willie does a wonderful job no matter who he’s singing with, but this is something special. As for the photos — well, I ‘ve missed a few wonderful views over the years because I just couldn’t figure out how to do those landscape views, but I’m happy with these: perfectly happy, as a matter of fact. If I find more flowerful fields I’ll be happy, but if I don’t, I’m still have these photos.

    1. Thanks, Dana! It was a great day, for sure. Even the absence of pretty blue skies was all right. The flowers took up the slack, and provided the blue!

    1. You sound like me, looking at the crocuses, tulips, and forsythia of our northern states. Thank goodness we have ways to share the bounty of our various parts of the country — at least visually, online. These are beautiful; perhaps some day you’ll be able to see them in person.

  23. Sublime indeed! thanks for sharing all the magnificent color rich landscapes. Those flowers are just gorgeous. Remindful for me of a trip we took in Southern France at the time that the lavendar was in bloom and also the rape oil flowers.

    Beautiful photographs!!


    1. I know there are people around Texas who grow lavender, but I’ve never seen a field filled with it. The scent obviously is popular. There is a place here called Wildseed Farms that grows flowers commercially for seed. Each season, something’s in bloom. The time I visited, there were not only bluebonnets, there were acres and acres of red poppies. It was something to behold!

    1. There is something about a lone tree, isn’t there? Once I looked at it more closely, I realized there seem to be multiple trunks, but the effect is the same as one tree. When I traveled a little farther south and west yesterday, I got into territory where drought has played a role in keeping the flowers less dense, but there still have been some treats to share!

  24. Texas showcases the bluebonnets like no one else. Your images are lovely, and paired with the song, I found myself a bit misty-eyed. Nature and heavenly voices tug deeply at our core, when we’re open to the experience. I view and appreciate Willie Nelson much differently than I did when I first found his music back in the 70’s. And Emmylou Harris’s has always been a favorite. To me, she is one of Americana music’s greatest talents.

    1. I enjoyed your comment about Willie past and Willie a little less ‘past.’ When I moved to Texas in the ’70s, he was a big part of the outlaw music scene, along with Waylon Jennings and others, but he mellowed a bit, and became (to my way of thinking) a better musician as well. Beyond that, there’s just something about his duet work. It’s as though he’s really willing for a duet to be 50/50.

      It’s hard to figure out how to convey online what’s a multi-sensory experience in real life. I think that’s where music and words can work with images, or images can support words. You do that so well with your deer — you showcase them pretty well, too!

    1. That’s a wonderful way to put it, June. I do remember people saying things like, “Oh, that hurts my eyes!” Having refreshed eyes is much better.

  25. Great shots! We drove out 290 this past weekend and saw some good stuff, mostly off the main roads. Glad the freeze did not hurt the flowers (in fact, we’ve heard it helped).

    1. I’ve read several articles about the freeze benefiting the bluebonnets. Unfortunately, the huisache seems to have taken a hit across the state — too bad, because its fragrance is so nice. It looks to me as though drought has been more of a problem for some areas. In Rockport, I thought the wildflowers were sparser than usual because of the freeze, and then I realized how dry it is. What’s thriving? White prickly poppy — one of my favorites! I’m glad you got out to see some of the beauty!

  26. I’d like to see Vincent van Gogh turned loose in the Hill Country some spring just to see what he’d come up with. Georges Seurat would go nuts. . . Oh, those post oaks trimmed so neatly underneath just about cow high.

    1. And not just the hill country. Shortly, there will be a post about what would happen if you turned an Impressionist painter loose in a different state; I suspect the response here would be similar.

      I still remember my introduction to hill country oaks. There were about forty of them in a ranch pasture, and every one was nicely trimmed at flat at the bottom — and all were the same distance from the ground. When I inquired, there was a one-word answer: goats.

  27. Oh, how very beautiful, the fields of colour, the oaks, the bluebonnets. I had to look them up and see if they were anything to do with blue bells. Not so. It seems that there is a Scottish variety of bluebonnets too, not quite as delicate as the Texan one. I have lots of bluebells in the garden here, mostly self seeders.

    If I had those fields of yours anywhere near I would most certainly visit them, probably several times during spring.

    1. You’d have to hustle to make several visits. Once they begin blooming, they don’t last as long as some flowers: maybe a month. But there are waves of different color that follow. I’m out visiting right now, and willl have some to share, both here and on Lagniappe (my other blog — links at the top of this page and in the right sidebar).

      You do have genus mates there, I’m sure. These are in the lupine genus, and there are both natives and garden flowers galore. The bluebonnets are endemic to Texas, and I’m sure that played into their selection as the state flower. If you have something that’s special, promote it!

  28. Love the landscape photography, the flowers, the song, the memories.

    We have lived in San Angelo and San Antonio. Not much compares with roaming around Texas in springtime!
    Our son is just up the road in Richmond. Can’t wait to visit soon!

    I reckon it would be just too obvious to pronounce your post as “Sublime”, so I’ll just say I liked it a lot.

    1. I completely agree with your proposition that springtime in Texas is pure delight. Post-freeze, things are a little late, but present. Even the trimmed-to-the-death palm trees that have been sitting around not doing much of anything suddenly are sprouting new fronds from their tops, and palm tree owners and commercial landscapers are rejoicing.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the flowers. I found some nice stands of mixed blooms last weekend, including some glorious fresh ones at Fannin’s grave in Goliad. They were so pretty I’m looking forward to looking at them again when I sort through the photos.

  29. It was a complete and utter joy to receive this Sweet Bluebonnet Spring celebration today, Linda, thanks so much. I always appreciate hearing from Texans about the current spring’s bluebonnet display, as it reminds me of my late mother who lived in TX and always got so excited when they came. Your photos are magnificent, and the pleasant and moving country song with the golden voices of Emmy Lou Harris and Willie Nelson was an additional bonus.

    1. Thanks so much, Jet! One of my favorite memories of time spent with my mother involved her first experience of these flowers; I’ve never enjoyed a day more, and neither had she. For another view of bluebonnets, this time mixed with other spring flowers, you might enjoy my post on Lagniappe, where the bluebonnets play a supporting role. This is my favorite Texas season, and I love sharing it!

    1. It’s a beautiful version of the song, and it certainly captures the affection we Texans feel for our bluebonnets. The fields I saw on Easter were really coming into their own; you just can’t imagine what it’s like to see the flowers extending out to the horizon.

  30. What a joy to see your wildflowers. I have been there for them, but obviously not of late, so they do make me feel nostalgic. There may be a better place to see wildflowers than Texas, but if there is, I don’t know of it.

    1. As with any other wildflowers, we have our good years and our — adequate years. Some areas are short on flowers this year because of drought, but they still can be found. I’m glad these brought some memories for you!

  31. Wonderful photos and that beautifully depicted piece, both are complementing each other. It’s like I can smell all the greens, the blues, the purples right from here, in India.

    1. I’m glad their scent reached you! I love color in any form, and these flowers certainly do satisfy in that respect. Many thanks for stopping by — what part of India is your home?

      1. I’m from Chennai. I’m in love with greens. Wherever I see lush greens I try to soak it up with my body mind and soul. I love your blogs. They are perfumed with nature and earth. I get inspired reading them. I’m very new to blogging. Would love if you visit my site in WordPress.

        1. Here’s a coincidence; you’re on the Coromandel Coast! Do you know Sarojini Naidu’s poem “Coromandel Fishers”? I’m planning to use it in a future post, as soon as I’ve gathered a few more photos. The blogging world certainly is a small one in many ways. Enjoy it!

          1. Being a history student I’m very much familiar with the name Sarojini Naidu. She was born in a Bengali family like me. She was a very famous figure in Indian political history. ‘Coromandel Fishers’ is a wonderful poem. I’m looking forward to reading your next blog on that.

    1. You’d love our bluebonnets, and so would Wylie. Some people like to photograph their children in the fields, but just as many try to corral their pets for a nice photo, and I suspect Wylie would be happy to pose! I hope you do get to see them some day — although I suspect bluebonnet time is the beginning of your busy time.

    1. It really was terrific. This is the first year that I’ve found enough of them, fresh enough, to be able to enjoy the fragrance as well as the sight. Many of our native plants are like that. Individually, you’d think they didn’t have any scent, but large enough colonies prove that’s not so.

    1. I’ve been known to make significant detours just to avoid certain of our freeways and interstate highways. It not only improves the blood pressure, there are wonderful — and sometimes unusual — sights to be seen.

    1. Thank you! It’s hard to believe that six months has passed since our bluebonnet season, but so it is. We do have beautiful springs here, and I’m glad I was able to record a bit of this one.

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