Texans hold wildflowers in high regard, but none is as distinguished as the Texas Bluebonnet. The flower has inspired legends, myth, folklore, festivals, family portraits, all kinds of art, and Texas road trips. Historian Jack Maguire once said the bluebonnet is “a kind of floral trademark almost as well known to outsiders as cowboy boots and the Stetson hat… The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland.” Any self-respecting Texan can’t help but admire the beauty of the Bluebonnet.
Galveston Island, Texas- The island’s historic City Cemetery on Broadway is floating on a sea of firewheels and coreposis this May. Known for being the final resting place of many who died in the Great Hurricane of 1900, the cemeteries are also known for the yellow blanket of Texas wildflowers they adorn each May. No need to bring flowers if you visit this cemetery in May!
Palestine, Texas- Every year I go out searching for Bluebonnets around East Texas to photograph. This year I have stumbled upon several nice patches within walking distance from house in Palestine’s historic home district. Century-old wooden castles adorned with pink and white Dogwoods, Azaleas, Japanese Snowballs, Wisteria and Bluebonnets are a must-see sight for visitors.
East Texas Scenic Wildflower Drives
EAST TEXAS- Spring has been in the air in East Texas since the beginning of February. Some people might say, wildflowers are just the weeds we have learned to love, but others travel far and wide to take in the natural beauty of wildflowers. Wildflowers have been exploding all across the region! Bluebonnets, Indian paint brushes, dogwoods, and swamp sunflowers, winecups and Indian blankets have brightened the highways and back roads while wysteria and jasmine perfume the air. Now’s the time to hit the road! Take a drive in East Texas this spring and see the wildflowers of the Pineywoods. Rolling yellow hills and red and blue roadsides present prime photographic opportunities and also make for a romantic adventure.
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