Blue People, Red State - Winter 2010 travel blog












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view from the car

The Texas Hill country is noted for wild flowers. Every year while trucks are driving up and down the roads at home spraying salt to melt the ice and snow, trucks down here are spraying 30,000 pounds of wild flower seeds along the main roads. That sounds like a lot of seeds, but the Hill Country is a huge area. The seeds that were spread recently tend to be close to the pavement. After a few years they reseed and move inland where they could be mowed or eaten by livestock. This means that it is never very certain where the flowers will be. And often the best collections are next to a rusty fence or a dilapidated building, making our photo safari a real challenge. Sometimes there might be a pretty spot, but nowhere to pull off the road. We remember feeling the same frustration when we photographed fall foliage in New England. After a month of diligence, we ended up with a great photo collection, but we won't be here nearly that long.

We've read that during the drought the last few years, the bloomers were severely curtailed. But all that nasty wetness we've endured this winter has made for some grand displays now. And in between them, a lot of green rolling hillsides covered with ranches. In a month or so lavender will begin blooming here. Sorry to miss out on those great smells.

The wildflowers put people in the mood to start beautifying their own yards. It certainly has had that effect on me. We stopped at a seed farm and nursery near Fredercksburg that had a butterfly room in addition to planted fields of flowers. Another great spot to click away.

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