Nothing is better than early spring in Texas. The weather is cool, the trees and fields turn green, seemingly overnight, and the wildflowers are spectacular.
So I’m going to interrupt the posts about Costa Rica again because this subject is current.
The color of the Texas Redbud trees (Cercis canadensis var. texensis) is stunning.
Can’t remember what this bush next to the Redbud is. I think it’s in the blackberry family.
Beautiful. Sadly, they’re a flash in the pan.
This flowerbed of Bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) in front of the library in Mason has a wow factor.
Unfortunately, all my pictures from this day have a blurry spot from a fingerprint smudge on my camera lens. I didn’t notice it until I saw the pictures on my computer. Sorry. I hope it isn’t too off putting.
The author of Old Yeller, published in 1956, was written by a Mason native, Fred Gipson. The book won a Newbery, a national award for children’s books, and was made into a very popular Disney film.
South of Mason, the fields and roadsides were a patchwork quilt of colors.
Here Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrushes, and a variety of Verbena dot the landscape.
Texas Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa) is the variety of paintbrush familiar to most Texans.
Of course, Bluebonnets are the star of the show every year, although they are short lived.
Yellow flowers abound everywhere. As I’ve mentioned before, there are so many different ones that it’s hard for me to identify them.
Paper Daisy or Slender-stem Bitterweed (Hymenoxys scaposa)
Maybe a Tickseed Sunflower (Bidens aristosa)
Downy Paintbrush (Castilleja sessiliflora), like other paintbrushes, is almost impossible to dig up and transplant because it is semiparasitic on other plants. It must be started from seeds.
A picture from the internet that shows a vast coverage of Bluebonnets. I’ve never seen a sight like this one.
Just loving these days before the summer heat arrives.
“Why are cowboy hats turned up on the sides? So that three people can fit in the pickup. Unknown