Portraits of Wildflowers

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A huge bluebonnet colony

with 31 comments


At the intersection of Watterson Rd, and FM 535 in rural Bastrop County on March 19th
we contemplated a field-filling colony of Texas bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis).



© 2023 Steven Schwartzman





Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 23, 2023 at 4:24 AM

31 Responses

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  1. Amazing


    March 23, 2023 at 5:34 AM

    • Even out in the country, away from any well-trafficked roads, people somehow kept finding their way to this site and stopping for pictures.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 23, 2023 at 7:02 AM

  2. The sky is as breathtaking as the fields of bluebonnets!


    March 23, 2023 at 8:04 AM

    • No way was I not going to incorporate those clouds into some of my pictures of the bluebonnet colony.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 23, 2023 at 8:19 AM

  3. Beautiful colony with bonus clouds.

    Alessandra Chaves

    March 23, 2023 at 8:14 AM

    • We’ve had some attractive clouds lately. I’ve photographed them in their own right as abstractions and also used them to set off some of my wildflower scenes.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 23, 2023 at 8:20 AM

  4. Wow! A carpet of flowers that has remained untouched by farming, ranching and urban development!

    Peter Klopp

    March 23, 2023 at 8:55 AM

    • People from that area told us the bluebonnets there hadn’t been that good in years or even decades. It’s the nature of nature to vary.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 23, 2023 at 9:35 AM

  5. That is an incredible field of Bluebonnets!

    Those clouds really make that a special image.

    Wally Jones

    March 23, 2023 at 9:43 AM

  6. Oh wowza! You are having a superbloom! All that rain sure paid off for wildflowers.
    I’m going to have to come out your way one Spring to see your TX Bluebonnets. They look gorgeous.


    March 23, 2023 at 11:44 AM

  7. Fantastic photos, Steve, and a real thrill to see all those bluebonnets.

    Jet Eliot

    March 23, 2023 at 1:21 PM

    • For the moment everyone’s in bluebonnet heaven around central Texas. Scads of other kinds of native wildflowers have been coming up, too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 23, 2023 at 1:25 PM

  8. Gosh you are totally spoiled for wildflower meadows.


    March 23, 2023 at 3:58 PM

  9. One can only bow one’s head before such an outpouring of beauty.


    March 23, 2023 at 4:30 PM

  10. I was interested to see the cloud photos you mentioned, and these certainly don’t disappoint. The line of trees helps to communicate the size of the fields by delineating the horizon; without them, it might be hard to conceive of the size of the flower-filled fields.


    March 24, 2023 at 5:23 AM

    • Relative to the first picture, the second one looks about 90° clockwise across the shorter length of the colony. As you said, the bluebonnets on the right two-thirds of the first picture seem to go on forever, which is what I wanted to convey.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 24, 2023 at 9:13 AM

  11. What an amazing expanse of flowers! The big and beautiful sky above seems to emphasise the way that the bluebonnets stretch for as far as the eye can see.

    Ann Mackay

    March 26, 2023 at 5:32 AM

  12. That’s a wow from me too!


    March 30, 2023 at 2:06 PM

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