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A different B & B

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Bluebonnet Colony by Butterweed Colony 7908

This time the B & B of the title are bluebonnets, Lupinus texensis, and butterweed, Packera tampicana. On the afternoon of April 4th, when I was driving northbound on US 183 and nearing the southernmost reaches of Austin, I saw these two adjacent colonies in a field at the intersection with Von Quintus Rd. (the street sign said Von Qunitus Rd.). The violet-colored flowers that you can make out in a few places among the bluebonnets are prairie verbenas, Glandularia bipinnatifida.


I’m out of town for a few days. Feel free to leave comments, but it may take me a while to answer them.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 16, 2014 at 6:00 AM

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  1. How wonderful to constantly find meadows full of wild flowers! Have a good trip Steve.


    April 16, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    • Guten Morgen von Lubbock, a city in the Texas “Panhandle” about 400 likes northwest of Austin. There aren’t a lot of wildflowers here yet because of the colder climate, but I’ve seen some picturesque geological formations.

      You’re right about the wildflower displays in Austin and farther south.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 16, 2014 at 8:18 AM

  2. Just lovely. 😀

    Raewyn's Photos

    April 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

  3. Wonderful!

    Steve Gingold

    April 16, 2014 at 5:29 PM

  4. Glorious! (Has anyone else used that word yet? If so, pick your superlative!)

    Susan Scheid

    April 16, 2014 at 5:39 PM

  5. Very beautiful shot Steve!

    Michael Glover

    April 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

  6. pure happiness


    April 16, 2014 at 10:42 PM

  7. Do these beautiful wildflower scenes promote safer, calmer, more sedate driving?


    April 17, 2014 at 5:58 AM

    • Not always in me: sometimes I have to make a sudden dash for a safe place to park when I catch sight of a beautiful scene. In this case I had to pass it by a quarter of a mile before I could turn around and come back.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 17, 2014 at 9:39 PM

  8. Beautiful capture!


    April 17, 2014 at 6:24 AM

  9. A river (of bluebonnets) runs through it… We’re the lucky ones who get to drift along with the current of spring.


    April 17, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    • I’ve been surprised that our bluebonnets this year have drifted so far into the season. Driving back into Austin from the north this afternoon, I saw many colonies of bluebonnets, some quite large, still looking vibrant. I think the ones to the north of here got a later start than the ones to the south.

      I’ve also been surprised this year to see more bluebonnets than usual looking more blue than purple.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 17, 2014 at 9:47 PM

  10. Incredible sight!


    April 18, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    • It was a good one indeed. To my surprise, I’m still finding large bluebonnet colonies two weeks later; I thought they would all have begun fading by now, but they’re running late this year.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 18, 2014 at 9:46 PM

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