Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What About those Bluebonnets....

As most everyone knows, I've recently moved from Alabama to Texas.  My husband has been trying to acquaint me with all things Texas.  I've been trying to adjust.  One thing he mentioned was how beautiful the bluebonnets were and how great they look in portraits.  He said every parent wants a photo of their child sitting in a field of bluebonnets.  Naturally, I envisioned this large flower whose beauty was beyond any flower that I have ever seen.  I purposely never looked it up on the internet because I didn't want to ruin my first impression of the bluebonnet.  For those of you who don't know, the bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas.  Please keep this in mind.

So, when spring began, I earnestly looked for bluebonnets.  I asked Edward when I would see them.  He said that hopefully they would begin blooming soon, but with the weather being as dry as it had, they may not bloom as well.  There were even newspaper articles attesting to this fact.

The day finally arrived when I saw the ever popular and much talked about Texas bluebonnet.  Our conversation went something like this:

Edward:  Look, there's some bluebonnets.

Benita:  Where?

Edward (pointing):  Right over there.  See that blue flower?

Benita:  Are you talking about that patch of weedy flowers?

Edward:  Yes.

Benita:  You mean to tell me the state flower and all this fuss is about a patch of weeds??

Edward:  Well, it is the only flower that is hardy enough to endure the weather here.

So, there you have it folks.  Bluebonnets are much like dandelions that grow in the State of Alabama.  They are weeds with flowers.  Since then, they have sprouted everywhere.  I have actually seen mothers pull over on the side of the road and drag their children up an embankment to a patch of bluebonnets just to take their picture - risking their lives to get one photo before the flowers die off for the season.  Our youngest son thinks you are the next best thing to satan if you dare to step on one.

Needless to say, I've had a great time ribbing my husband about the state flower of Texas.  But I will say, when you look upon an open field covered with these flowers, it is breathtaking.  They are gorgeous!!  And Texans take them seriously.  There are bluebonnet festivals to attend and many trails to drive. Individually, the flower is not large at all, breaking the rule of "everything's bigger in Texas".  However, they make a large statement when they put their little heads together!

This weekend is the annual drive on the bluebonnet trails.  I'm looking forward to going and capturing some beautiful photos.

I'm just sayin',