The best way to see Bluebonnets in Texas: the blue beauty

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One thing I love about spring is the blooming flowers. Every state has some flowers that is their own and carry the beauty of that state during the springtime. Me and my wife, we both love to explore different things and spring flower is one of them. Previously, I wrote blogs about the Azaleas and Sunflowers in Louisiana (include link here). Last week we had a chance to visit the Texas Bluebonnet. I had been making plans to see the Bluebonnets for a long time. Somehow, things did not work out and I could not manage the time to see the bloom until last week.

Can you imagine a huge blue field instead of green? Texas Bluebonnet is exactly like this. I will not be writing about this if I have not seen it by myself. But to see those bluest blue you have to visit the places during a bloom year. If you are visiting during a year when there is not much flower, the weather condition is not good, it is quite likely that you will not be able to see much bloom. So, please see the forecast and flower report, predictions before you plan for your visit. Bluebonnet season typically starts in late March and stays till end of April. If you want to know my story, I had been following the flower reports for a long time. Right after the frosty weather, people predicted that this year may be a good year for Texas Bluebonnet. But when the flower did not come arrive on time, a lot of people predicted this year to be a drought year for flower. To be honest, I was a little disappointed. I took two attempts to visit the Bluebonnets previously. But none of them were quite successful. Few weeks ago, proving everyone’s prediction wrong, Bluebonnets started to appear in fields. Not only one or two fields, but I probably have also seen a lot of places, fields full of blue flowers. That is why you should keep an eye if you really want to see the bloom. This year what happened was due to the cold weather and winter storms, the chance of early blooming became less but the freeze and the cold allowed the plants to bloom eventually.

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So, how do you know where see the Bluebonnets? There is a slight chance that you will find the thick carpet of blue colors at the same place every year. It varies a lot and there is no guarantee that you will find flower every year at the same time, same place. Weather plays a huge role here. The best way to get the report of the flower bloom is from the locals. The locals generally watch places from the previous years where Bluebonnets are expected and report it. There are a few Facebook groups where local people share their experiences and the places where you can see the Bluebonnets, if it is peak right now or not etc. But if you get to know about a place that has nice thick patches, do not wait too long. Make plan for your visit.

We went to Brenham, Texas to see the Bluebonnets. It was peak that time in Brenham to be specific in Washington County. We found some very beautiful patches along the road. Some of them were not accessible, but you could still take picture from the other side of the fence. Some of the patches are little ahead of peak. Each Spring there is a wildflower watch conducted by the Brenham Chamber of Commerce and they post about Bluebonnet sightings in their blogs. Also, there is a wildflower watch website with a wildflower map for Brenham. So, you can get information from the blog and the website also.

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There are other cities and towns where you can see Texas Bluebonnets. Ennis, which is around 40-minute drive from Dallas, is the official Bluebonnet city of Texas. If you want to see blankets and blankets of Bluebonnets, Ennis is your city. But be prepared to share the places with a lot of visitors. If you want to go to Texas Hill Country, there are three cities- Llano, Marble Falls and Burnet, where you can see the fields of Bluebonnets. Do not forget to check out the annual Bluebonnet Festival dates each year. You can also check out the Willow City loop in Fredericksburg area. The scenic natural beauty of Texas Hill Country along with the Bluebonnet sightings and German inspired town, wineries can be a perfect gateway if you choose to visit Fredericksburg. If you decide to hike among the Bluebonnets, Muleshoe Bend is one of the best places. You can take the 5.4-mile loop trail and enjoy the field full of wildflowers with the view of Lake Travis. Big Bend national park has also some places where you can see some of the amazing Bluebonnet fields. But it varies from year to year, weather, and rain condition. There are lots of other places where you can see Texas Bluebonnets. I will suggest searching for the blooming reports, or news first. Almost all the places or towns publish reports about Bluebonnet sightings frequently in their website or blogs. Search for the sightings, I am pretty sure this will be helpful and will save a lot of time.

If you are visiting, please be respectful about the places. I know picking the state flower of Texas is not illegal. But think, if you pick flower or walk on the plants, there is a huge possibility that you may have ruined a flower plant that may not come next year. Please enjoy the place, the field, the flower; but do not cause any harm or do not walk on the patches. Try to be respectful and leave the field as it is so that the next person can come and enjoy. In this way, you are also protecting the greeneries and environment.

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I am a Civil Engineer by profession, a photographer by passion. Though currently I am residing in Louisiana, but the definition of home to me is quite different. I am originally from Bangladesh, a very small beautiful Asian country where I finished my bachelor’s degree and came to USA for higher studies. During my PhD year whenever I can, I used to travel. But one thing that changed my whole travel experience and how I see the world is taking pictures. Photography is a more powerful tool than one can imagine. hen you become a photographer, you see things that are not seen by others, you long to see places that may require a very long walk. Hiking, Camping became a part of travel plan since then and I appreciate more about life and nature now. I would like to share my experience and my vision with everyone in the form of a blog. I love what I do and really love to think that my work will bring joy and smile for others too. I think every picture tells a story. We just need to explore to find out the real story behind any picture. I will post the travel blogs where me, along with my wife will be sharing our travel stories, how we manage to travel cheap and how to cope with different things while traveling. We want to keep it simple because I know a thousand of people want to do the same thing but don’t know how. The main idea is to keep an open mind while traveling and accept whatever comes on the way.

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