Portraits of Wildflowers

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More colorful wildflower profusion

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Two days ago the dense wildflowers on the east side of TX 36 in Somerville, about a hundred-mile drive east of home, kept causing one driver after another to pull over. At one point there must have been 10 cars by the side of the highway. The flowers were phlox (Phlox drummondii), bluebonnets (maybe Lupinus subcarnosus), Texas groundsel (Senecio ampullaceus), and Indian paintbrushes (Castilleja indivisa).


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 13, 2023 at 4:30 PM

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  1. What a beautiful mix of colors, I think I would also stop and take pictures.


    March 13, 2023 at 4:40 PM

  2. “Wildflowers cause traffic jam.” Sweet.


    March 13, 2023 at 4:53 PM

  3. They are of course beautiful! Of course I wish I could see them in person! But I live in Flagstaff, AZ so that is not possible. Thanks for sharing the pictures! C. Smith.

    Caroline Smith

    March 13, 2023 at 5:51 PM

    • Roads do connect Austin and Flagstaff. I know, because we drove to Flagstaff some years ago and spent three nights there. Come on down to Texas when you can.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 13, 2023 at 10:56 PM

  4. Fantastic. I witnessed a crowd like that for a natural event once. A moose was hanging around a pond next to the road near Quabbin.

    Steve Gingold

    March 13, 2023 at 6:11 PM

    • We were out for seven hours today and found more scenes like this one. Didn’t see a moose, however. The last one of those we saw was in Canada in 2017.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 13, 2023 at 11:01 PM

  5. I would purposely pause for such profusion!

    Robert Parker

    March 13, 2023 at 6:25 PM

  6. That is a stunning array of colours. I too would have had to stop!


    March 13, 2023 at 6:58 PM

  7. WOW!!!

    Eliza Waters

    March 13, 2023 at 8:45 PM

  8. Beautiful carpet of many wildflowers!

    Alessandra Chaves

    March 13, 2023 at 10:14 PM

  9. I didn’t realize Somerville’s so relatively close. I made it as far as Bellville on Sunday, so Somerville is within striking distance. That said, it’s not a destination for a day trip, given my preference for back roads and lingering. That is a beautiful color. Most of the phlox I found were shades of pink. This magenta combines well with the bluebonnets.


    March 14, 2023 at 5:51 AM

    • Speaking of Somerville, if you do go there and continue to the Birch Creek Unit of Lake Somerville State Park you’ll pass through Lyons. At the intersection of Silver Maple Dr. and FM 60 is a pretty good field of wildflowers. It was better last year, but still worth a look.

      And speaking of phlox, some of the places I mentioned in the e-mail I just sent you offer brilliantly red phlox.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 14, 2023 at 9:00 AM

      • I fear my traveling for spring wildflowers is over, or nearly so. It’s time to get back to work, even though I’d love to spend a full week — or even another long weekend — roaming around. We’ll see. The weather this weekend is looking iffy, but if it stays cool for a bit, the flowers might linger longer than they otherwise would. Even better would be some rain.


        March 14, 2023 at 9:06 AM

        • Yes, the practicalities of life. Even so, a day trip, while not your preference, could prove rewarding, and it’s much easier to work into your schedule. In the past few weeks I’ve often had to contend with the wind, of which there might be less with the iffy weather you mentioned, unless that means outright rain (which, as you said, has a longer-term advantage).

          Steve Schwartzman

          March 14, 2023 at 9:18 AM

          • Gluttony is said to be one of the seven deadlies, of course, and when it comes to wildflowers, I certainly can tend toward gluttony. I certainly have a nice clutch of photos already, but knowing what’s going on out there — even from day to day — can make staying put difficult!


            March 14, 2023 at 9:27 AM

            • I see nothing wrong with wanting ever more more wildflower pictures. Call me a wildflower glutton, too, and I’ll gladly own the title.

              Steve Schwartzman

              March 14, 2023 at 12:28 PM

              • Or, we could go with ‘enthusiastic appreciator.’


                March 14, 2023 at 6:15 PM

                • That certainly puts it in a good light (as we photographers hope will also be true for our subjects).

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  March 14, 2023 at 6:36 PM

  10. Hello.
    Beautiful description of the wildflowers, thank you for sharing!


    March 14, 2023 at 8:03 AM

  11. Wow! It looks like a superbloom for you guys!


    March 14, 2023 at 9:01 AM

    • I could be smug and say nah, just a run-of-the-mill Texas spring. We have been finding some great sights in the past week, this being just one of them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 14, 2023 at 9:04 AM

      • I am hoping for a superbloom this year and will be going to find spring flowers soon. The rain is melting all the snow, and we can actually see our lawn and to our astonishment it’s green!!


        March 14, 2023 at 9:07 AM

        • Happy green, and happy superbloom if it comes your way. I’ve seen pictures of how good it can be in your part of the country.

          Steve Schwartzman

          March 14, 2023 at 9:11 AM

  12. I can see why so many people pulled over to see them!

    Lavinia Ross

    March 16, 2023 at 4:37 PM

  13. What a fabulous sight! I’d certainly stop to see these – might find it hard to tear myself away again!

    Ann Mackay

    March 16, 2023 at 4:56 PM

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