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Bluebonnet drama

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Yesterday afternoon the drama came more from the clouds than from the bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis), numerous though they were on an embankment of TX 130 south of Lockhart.


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 16, 2023 at 4:30 PM

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  1. I’ll miss the Texas bluebonnets this year. I usually try to do a road trip back there while they’re blooming. So thanks for sharing them.

    Pat Bean

    March 16, 2023 at 4:32 PM

    • Sorry you’ll miss the bluebonnets this year. We’ve been seeing scads of them as we’ve driven hundreds of miles around south-central Texas over the past week.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 16, 2023 at 4:56 PM

  2. Earth and sky seem to mirror each other, in a unique way. You have presented a photographic feast over the last few days. Thank you!

    Lavinia Ross

    March 16, 2023 at 5:02 PM

    • There is a kind of mirroring going on, isn’t there? I hadn’t though about it that way, so focused was I on the drama.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 16, 2023 at 5:26 PM

  3. Fabulous!

    Eliza Waters

    March 16, 2023 at 5:17 PM

    • Yes! The bluebonnets are at their peak now, and the clouds provided a great opportunity to depict the flowers in a different way.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 16, 2023 at 5:27 PM

  4. Wow! That is a stunning image. I love how the slope divides the stormy blue clouds from the sea of bluebonnets.


    March 16, 2023 at 6:14 PM

    • I used the embankment to my advantage, getting low enough to have it block the view of the land and trees beyond it that would have distracted from the bluebonnets and the clouds.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 16, 2023 at 6:39 PM

  5. Both appear equally dramatic to me.


    March 16, 2023 at 7:50 PM

  6. Gorgeous image!


    March 16, 2023 at 8:07 PM

  7. Kind of a weird vibe, almost surreal but very cool.

    Robert Parker

    March 16, 2023 at 9:18 PM

    • In college I took a liking to Surrealism in art as well as literature. Some of that has stayed with me ever since.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 16, 2023 at 9:50 PM

  8. That’s a wonderful sky. Photos of bluebonnets alongside roadways can be beautiful, but they often don’t communicate just how large the flowers’ expanse often can be. It feels to me as though the ‘big sky’ helps to give a sense of ‘big flowers,’ as well.


    March 17, 2023 at 6:40 AM

    • I know what you mean about the difficulty in communicating the expanse of roadside bluebonnet colonies because they’re so long relative to their width. The bluebonnets along TX 130 continued on and off for tens of miles, sometimes densely and sometimes more scattered. I like your notion of the big sky adding an enlarging element to the bluebonnet colony.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 17, 2023 at 7:23 AM

  9. Two vast pleasures to view. The sheer number of bluebonnets combined with the huge dramatic sky made a great shot. Texas has its own Big Sky.

    Steve Gingold

    March 17, 2023 at 8:37 AM

    • Montana claims to be Big Sky Country but Texas puts in a claim for that title, too. By shooting upward from the base of an embankment I was able to play up the dramatic clouds while having the slope block unwanted things on the ground farther away.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 17, 2023 at 9:06 AM

  10. Fantastic!

    automatic gardener

    March 17, 2023 at 8:59 AM

  11. The dramatic events in the clouds cannot overpower my admiration for the beauty of the bluebonnets in the field.

    Peter Klopp

    March 17, 2023 at 11:08 AM

  12. Blue-gray-scape landscape escape.

    Wally Jones

    March 17, 2023 at 11:33 AM

    • Did you know that escape started out as ex-cape? The reference was to the experience of someone being pursued; the pursuer grabbed for the fleeing person but was left holding that person’s cape as the escapee pulled loose from it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 17, 2023 at 7:28 PM

  13. I like the tension between sky and flower-filled field – it has lots of drama! I think the sky being so monochrome contrasts well with the rich colours of the fields and adds even more drama. 🙂

    Ann Mackay

    March 17, 2023 at 11:53 AM

    • I like your photographic analysis of the multiple contrasts here. I don’t recall taking a bluebonnet picture like this one before.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 17, 2023 at 7:30 PM

  14. Impressive! I have never seen such a bluebonnet scene before. Lupines are gorgeous and with a dramatic sky even better.


    March 19, 2023 at 5:50 AM

    • Texas sure knows how to impress with its colonies of spring wildflowers. I hope you’ll get to see the show in person one of these years.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2023 at 6:08 AM

  15. Wow!! That’s beautiful!


    March 19, 2023 at 11:10 AM

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