Rains – the hope of Texas Bluebonnets and Wildflowers for the spring of 2014

I’m enjoying the rains on this Friday afternoon. We need the moisture and rain to continue consistently throughout fall. If this happens, it gives central Texas and the Texas Hill Country the opportunity to have a colorful spring.

Bluebonnets need the rains to germinate. October and November are crucial to the beginnings of this cycle. My most prolific year for bluebonnet images came in 2010 when the rains fell all winter and into spring. So rains that fall (like today) give me hope for the spring.

Besides bluebonnets, other Texas wildflowers such as Indian paintbrush, verbena, firewheels, coreopsis, and many more varieties of plants need the rains, as well. Below is a Texas wildflower image that came from 2010, and offers a glimpse of close-up colors that can be found in fruitful years.

Image of Texas Wildflowers and Bluebonnets from the Spring of 2010.

This Texas Bluebonnet and Wildflower image comes from the Spring of 2010, the colorful product of a rainy winter and spring.

Let’s hope the rains continue, and that the spring of 2014 is a good one for Texas wildflower pictures and bluebonnet images.

For more past photos, check out my Texas Wildflowers website.

Or visit my Texas Wildflowers gallery on my Images from Texas website.

Looking Back – Texas Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush near Whitehall, Texas – and hoping for Rain

I had hoped we’d get some rain this past week, but where I live in the Texas Hill Country west of Austin, we barely received enough rain to wet the ground. Still, some areas east and north of Austin did receive a bit of rain, hopefully nourishing the Texas Wildflowers and bluebonnets. I guess this spring is a work in progress. I have doubts that we’ll find as many good fields of blue and red and gold as we did last year, but there should be pockets of blubeonnets, indian blankets, and other goodies – probably a lot north and east of Austin.

In the meantime, I’ve been looking back at past years’ images. I’ve also created a website just for images of Texas Bluebonnets and wildflowers – and it is a work in progress! I think there may be some good Texas wildflowers east of Austin, so I offer this image from a few years ago.

I drove several hours from Austin to reach this field near Whitehall, Texas. When I arrived, the low clouds were thick and a colorful sunrise was not happening. I hung around, admiring this beautiful field of Texas Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush, and finally, the clouds began to break up.

While I was busy photographing these Texas wildlfowers, I began to noice all the bumblebees buzzing around me. There is even one in this image. Do you see him?

Texas Bluebonnets are beautiful when their colors explode. This field was made even better with the mix of red paintbrush throughout the scene.

Now, we just need rain!

Texas Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush dance in the moring light.

Texas Bluebonnets and other Wildflowers in a field near Whitehall, Texas.

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Thanks for looking!