Spring is in the air in Texas which means we will soon see our state flower - the Bluebonnet - popping up next to most highways. Although beautiful, this doesn't mean you should throw caution to the wind and stop by the side of the road to take photos with these blue beauties.
Bluebonnets are a double-edged sword here in Texas... residents love to see them and plop their kids in the middle of a big patch to get those coveted yearly photos. Photographers often cringe at the actions of those who mingle dangerously close to the edge of the highway to get the perfect shot!
Here are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about bluebonnets...
1. Bluebonnets bloom for about 3 weeks with the peak being from late March to mid-April.
2. The bluebonnet is toxic to humans and animals. As part of the lupine family, the flower is considered poisonous.
3. Bluebonnets come in several colors including blue, white, violet, red, pink, lavender and even Aggie Maroon! So if you see a flower that "looks like a bluebonnet" but is the wrong color... fear not, it's likely still our state flower!!!
4. Bluebonnets are really pretty... and yes, rattlesnakes think so too!
(photo pulled from internet)
5. It's not actually illegal to pick the bluebonnets... but do you really need to? Just leave these little blue flowers alone! If every Texas took home a bluebonnet bouquet, we soon will not see them coloring our highways!
6. Don't trample them! I totally understand trying to find the perfect spot for your yearly photo, but please be kind to the flowers. There's nothing uglier than beautiful fields of bluebonnets dotted with crushed "butt prints" and flattened paths.
7. Bluebonnets are getting harder to find in suburban areas due to construction and land development. Soon residents will have to travel to the "country" to see our state flower in all its glory!
8. If you haven't been to the Bluebonnet Festival in Ennis, Texas... GO! It's so fun! This year it's April 20-22. http://www.bluebonnettrail.org/
I will be doing a very limited number of bluebonnet sessions this year, so if you want to be one of the first to sign up, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will contact you when the date and location are chosen!