Photos - Bluebonnets Fields and other Texas Wildflowers in the Spring
Field of Texas Bluebonnets
Some of the Texas wildflowers I photographed last April...Click thumbnail to view full-size
Bluebonnets and Wildflowers
We love to take a drive out into the countryside in the Spring of each year when the bluebonnets and other wildflowers are reputed to be at their peak in Texas and take some pictures.
Many people have the same idea and when the cars start stacking up on the sides of the roads, one can pretty well rest assured that a beautiful sight lies ahead. With cameras in hand, the cars are vacated and people wander into the fields to see and record that year's bounty of bluebonnets and other wildflowers of every hue and description.
Wildflowers and Lady Bird Johnson
When President Lyndon Johnson was in office from 1963 to 1969, his wife "Lady Bird" made the seeding of wildflowers and beautification in general one of her prime points of focus.
Shrubs and trees were planted and wildflower seeds were sown not only in Texas but across all of America. She deeply cared about the environment but also it's natural beauty.
Partly due to her efforts the Highway Beautification Act was passed in 1965.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Lady Bird Johnson Home Movie #1: Spring-Fall 1940. Narrated by her showing Washington & other landmarks, + also her interest in nature.
National Wildflower Research Center
In 1982 Lady Bird Johnson along with Helen Hayes founded the National Wildflower Research Center.
She personally donated 60 acres of land plus over $100,000 to further these efforts.
On Lady Bird's birthday in 1998 it was renamed in her honor.
The Lady Bird Wildflower Center continues the research and work of environmentally making our land beautiful and sustainable for future generations of people.
A quote from Lady Bird Johnson:
"We are obligated to leave the country looking as good if not better than we found it."
The roads today are splashed with an array of colorful seasonal flowers and can be enjoyed year after year as most all of the wildflowers are self-seeding and therefore generate the next seasons crop of eye-catching beauties.
Bluebonnets and other Texas Wildflowers
Texas Wildflowers (2010)
Lady Bird Johnson's legacy continues...
Enjoy your area's wildflowers!
Springtime generally offers a spectacular show of blooming wildflowers in most areas of the country.
We can thank Lady Bird Johnson for the heightened awareness and implementation of this beautification project and its impact on the environment.
She has left behind a beautiful legacy and we can feast all of our senses because of her efforts on behalf of all Americans.
Hope you enjoyed my pictures.
Now get out there and photograph some flowers of your own!
If you happen to be living or visiting in Texas, the bluebonnets and other wildflowers are waiting for your picture taking and pleasure every Spring!
Location of fields of wildflowers each Spring
Fields of Texas wildflowers
Springtime in Texas (Be forewarned...if you start watching this video, you won't want it to ever end!)
© 2009 Peggy Woods
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