Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Texas Hill Country Springtime Blues

By March, winter-weary folks in northern climes look for crocus breaking a crust of snow. 

But here in the Texas Hill Country, if we had rain the winter before, bluebonnets rise from the hardscrabble hills like proof of hope.

Bluebonnets growing from a caliche slope near New Braunfels. 
April 9, 2010.

We head to the country for roadside revelry among carpets of wildflower blue.  The flowers are all the more precious because we don't know when they will grow again.

See the photographer and sweetheart at the top of the ridge? 
March 18, 2012

This year, Spring 2013, is an off-year for flowers in the Hill Country.  We've had only a few meaningful rains from last fall into this March.  In fact, if rainfall doesn't inch up, we're on target for another Chihuahua Desert summer.

So we squint as we drive, exclaiming at roadside patches where a few blue survivors brave the dust.  Life is short, we celebrate when we can.

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