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Bluebonnets at Lake Somerville

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Never having been to Lake Somerville State Park, on April 6th we drove the hour and a half it took to get there. We went “cold,” which is to say not knowing whether we’d find worthwhile wildflowers in that region. Find good ones we did. Both of today’s photographs show that some of the bluebonnets at the park’s Birch Creek Unit on the north shore of the lake extended close to the water.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 8, 2022 at 4:35 AM

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  1. Well worth the drive, and the roulette toss, I’d say. What a magnificent carpet.


    April 8, 2022 at 4:38 AM

    • If this area hadn’t panned out, I had a backup plan of an area a little farther on that’s known for good spring wildflowers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 8, 2022 at 7:45 AM

  2. a friend from Texas told me about this flower!

    China Dream

    April 8, 2022 at 6:49 AM

  3. I’ve seen a few lone oaks surrounded by pasture bluebonnets, but bluebonnets and water is a combination I’ve never seen. These views are so appealing: not only for the flowers, but also for the partially-leaved tree that helps to create a sense of the season.


    April 8, 2022 at 7:19 AM

    • Like you, I’ve seldom found a bluebonnet colony close to water. I distinctly remember one in 2014 along the Colorado River. It had been a dry season, so the river receded from a normally covered area that had temporarily become a huge bluebonnet colony. The picture I ended up showing didn’t include the river:

      Interpenetrating colonies

      Last year, not far from that spot, I made a similar discovery:

      Not done with bluebonnet colonies yet

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 8, 2022 at 7:56 AM

  4. Gorgeous!
    From Somerville, MA.


    April 8, 2022 at 7:45 AM

    • I wish you could step outside the door in your Somerville and see sights like the ones in this Somerville. I’ll be showing more pictures from this area.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 8, 2022 at 7:47 AM

  5. Well worth the drive! Very pretty there. I love the photo with the tree.

    Alessandra Chaves

    April 8, 2022 at 8:16 AM

    • The drive turned out great. We’re headed back in that direction this morning to check other places in the vicinity.

      After WordPress dulled down the bluebonnets in the photo with the tree I reprocessed the image to make the flowers a bit more vibrant but WordPress dulled them down again. I may try a third time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 8, 2022 at 8:23 AM

      • That’s strange. Did you export in sRGB? Watch out for the snakes! Rattlesnakes love bluebonnets.

        Alessandra Chaves

        April 8, 2022 at 8:24 AM

        • Yes, I’ve been saving all my jpegs in sRGB in hopes they’ll look good online.

          For all the times I’ve wandered through bluebonnet colonies, I’ve never come across a rattlesnake in one. Let’s hope I can keep on saying that. I have encountered rattlesnakes in other environments here from time to time.

          Steve Schwartzman

          April 8, 2022 at 8:31 AM

  6. The lonely tree in a sea of wildflowers is a photographic masterpiece.

    Peter Klopp

    April 8, 2022 at 8:58 AM

    • The tree’s isolation gave me the chance for a distinctive view among the bluebonnets. I’m happy that it appeals to you.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 8, 2022 at 10:18 PM

  7. I’m so glad there still remains fields of wildflowers.
    Beautiful photos

    Dawn Renee

    April 8, 2022 at 10:31 AM

    • We were out again for 10 hours today finding wildflowers in many places. After a late and slow start this spring, they’re finally coming out in quantity.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 8, 2022 at 10:19 PM

      • I can’t say I’ve seen fields of wildflowers that were not simply blooms of crops where I am. I’m glad you have many to enjoy within hours of your vicinity.
        Worth the peaceful drive, I’m sure

        Dawn Renee

        April 9, 2022 at 2:41 PM

        • We have plenty of crop land here too, where native wildflowers are scarce, and on ranches the cattle eat the wildflowers. Even so, enough places remain where we can still see sights like the ones shown in my posts.

          Steve Schwartzman

          April 9, 2022 at 4:42 PM

  8. What a beautiful expanse of blue! That was a nice treat this morning!

    Lavinia Ross

    April 8, 2022 at 11:12 AM

    • “Expanse'” is an apt word. Today we took another 10-hour outing and found expansive colonies of various colors in lots of places. Floral spring has finally kicked in (along with lots of allergenic pollen, unfortunately).

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 8, 2022 at 10:22 PM

  9. Love that sea of blue!

  10. Beautiful… glad you made the trip!

    Eliza Waters

    April 8, 2022 at 8:36 PM

    • So were we, even if we felt tired after 10 hours and 230 miles. Today we spent an equal amount of time and covered even more miles. The fatigue was worth it for all we saw.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 8, 2022 at 10:23 PM

  11. I like the solitary tree!!


    April 8, 2022 at 10:06 PM

    • You’re not solitary in your liking: a couple of other people have mentioned it, too, and I was pleased to find a tree so isolated among the bluebonnets.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 8, 2022 at 10:25 PM

  12. Ever so beautiful.


    April 9, 2022 at 2:22 AM

    • That it is. We put in another 10 hours and 200+ miles of floralizing yesterday.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 9, 2022 at 7:21 AM

      • That is dedication to the pursuit of floralizing.


        April 9, 2022 at 9:45 PM

        • And on the Sabbath (which is historically today, Saturday) we rested—except for 15 minutes photographing a colony of pink evening primroses on a highway embankment in the neighborhood.

          Steve Schwartzman

          April 9, 2022 at 10:40 PM

  13. Aaaaaaah. Lovely pics. I miss bluebonnets SO MUCH. And hummingbirds. They don’t have them in NZ.

    Jenny Meadows

    April 9, 2022 at 3:45 AM

    • I understand how you’d miss those huge colonies of bluebonnets, along with Indian paintbrushes, pink evening primroses, etc. Maybe next spring you can wangle a Texas visit. Coincidentally yours is the second comment in a row from New Zealand.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 9, 2022 at 7:19 AM

      • And winecups, cosmos, gaillardia, etc. I’m not surprised you’ve heard from other Kiwis; I tell a lot of people about your photos.
        It’s starting to look like Vermont here in the fall — deciduous trees are turning beautiful shades of gold, orange, and red. The last year has been wetter than usual.

        Jenny Meadows

        April 10, 2022 at 5:54 AM

        • My two visits to New Zealand both came in February, when it’s warm. I never got a taste of what fall is like there, especially in the south, which has more real winter.

          Steve Schwartzman

          April 10, 2022 at 8:18 AM

  14. Wow! That looks amazing, especially in the photograph with the beautiful tree.

    Ann Mackay

    April 9, 2022 at 1:05 PM

  15. An hour and a half’s drive well worth it for this wonderful swath of blue.

    Steve Gingold

    April 9, 2022 at 6:28 PM

    • We ended up putting in 10 hours Wednesday and another 10 on Friday for a total close to 500 miles. We came home weary each time but the trips were worth the effort, given that Texas finally woke up and is now remembering how to do spring wildflowers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 9, 2022 at 6:53 PM

  16. Wow, what a scene, beautifully captured, Steve. I love the composition of your second images with the s line of flowers and that half gnarly tree seeming to struggle to life.

    Ellen Jennings

    April 9, 2022 at 7:26 PM

    • Thanks. Maybe having double-S initials predisposes me to that kind of curve. That tree has captivated other viewers, too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 9, 2022 at 7:43 PM

  17. What a view!! And that last shot is a stunner Steve!


    April 16, 2022 at 3:06 PM

  18. […] we visited both parts of Lake Somerville on April 6th, we continued clockwise around the lake. On LBJ Dr. across from Overlook Park Rd. in […]

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