For those that are not in the know, Bluebonnet flowers are the state flower of Texas. And they are a spectacle to see when you come across a meadow or field of them driving along some country back road. Ennis, Texas also happens to be the Bluebonnet capital of Texas, and every year in April, they have the Bluebonnet Festival.
This was the first year that we actually stepped foot inside of the festival. Just long enough to get a map of where the most Bluebonnets are along the back country roads around Ennis, and to listen to a local bluegrass band. We were looking more towards seeing the flowers this year since we got a late start out there that morning. Next year we plan to spend the whole day there starting with the festival first thing in the morning, then spending the afternoon cruising down some back country roads raking in the pictures and memories.
A lot of people were saying there were less flowers this year than the last several years prior. It’s all due to the weather and drought we’ve been under the last several years. All of the Bluebonnets here are wild, and the amount and locations where they sprout around Ennis changes year after year.
On the way over to the festival, someone had strategically parked their Bug for sale to give folks a good look passing by on the way to the festival. I couldn’t help take some photos of it 😉 No idea what the asking price was. In my experience, if there is no listed price … I can’t afford it LOL
After getting our toes wet with the festival, we looked over the map for this years route with the most Bluebonnets, and we set off over yonder! The first place on the route was a nice fenced in pasture with two old antique tractors. I’m so bummed I did not find a place to stop as parking spots were in short supply. It was pretty much road and ditch. No shoulder to pull over on. There were two driveways, which the person in front of me pulled into one, blocking the driveway. I didn’t want to pull over in the other driveway to block it off as well. And there was a few cars behind me, so we just drove passed and enjoyed the view. We were not able to get our cameras out fast enough to snap any quick pics. It really happened all too fast.
We continued on and found a place to pull over to inspect the map a little better. The road names on their map were not marked very well, nor were the signs that were supposed to point drivers in the right direction. So I compared the road angles on the map with the roads on Google Maps to map out our route. Especially since their app that is supposed to show the map on your phone wasn’t working either lol After sorting that out, we set off again to follow the trail.
Before coming to our first actual stop to take photos of the flowers, we passed some cute cows that Patrycja insisted I pull over so she could grab some photos of the calf. What can I say? My beautiful wife always has babies on her mind, not that we are planning on having anymore 😉 But we did end up getting some great photos of the cows, and my darling wife 🙂
Finally! Our first official stop for photos of the Bluebonnets! I really need to get my camera in for a clean/service or something. I had to leave out a lot of photos as they are starting to get blurry. Maybe I should stop being such a novice and take more control over my camera lol I really love the rolling hills look with the Bluebonnets. Only could have been better with some old well worn tractor ruts, or even an old tractor just parked out there among the flowers. Still kicking myself in the butt for not getting any pics with the old tractors in the pasture. And of course as soon as I jump back in the car … I feel something crawling on my left leg. I look down to see I have about 15 Fire Ants on my left leg … And I know what is coming. So I jump out and start brushing them off like a mad man. Why do they only attack me?? I’m the only person I know in Texas that gets attacked by Fire Ants every time I’m outside darn near. I didn’t even leave the road or the gravel pullout. Look at her over there in the grass and such. Ugh. Y’all … It ain’t right!
We traveled down the road some more. In some places, the Bluebonnets lined the road here and there. There were small patches of them in spots in fields and pastures, but nothing really nice enough for some good photos. We pressed on, and came upon some Texas Longhorns with a calf. You can seen the calf peeking out from under the one on the far right of the photo. This time, Patrycja made me pull over and walk down the road to get a few pics for her. I’m searching for Fire Ant mounds all along the road. I’m not about to get attacked again. GRR 🙂
Our third spot had the best stop to really get out and get pics with the family in them. It was at another nice rolling hill spot with Bluebonnets on both sides of the road. It was definitely a popular spot to stop off to get some photos as most of the places have fences that say no trespassing on them. Here, there were no fences on the one side and no signs for trespassing. I love the photo of the horse with the herd of Longhorns in the distant background.
While the 3rd stop was great, the 4th stop was really probably my favorite stop. And we didn’t even stop for the flowers lol. We stopped to feed the Clydesdales! Someone put out some grain and a sign to feed the horses. And we were all about that. Fox was not having any of it though, but the one horse sure loved to smile for the camera, and was ridiculously photogenic 🙂
Our last stop on the Bluebonnet trail was right at the tail end of it all. The Bluebonnets had all but disappeared … But not the baby cows 😀
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