Here in Texas, we have a rich history filled with pride and tradition. We Texans love the shape of our state, our lone star flag, our sports teams, and of course, our state flower. Anyone who is a native, or naturalized Texan appreciates bluebonnet season when our beloved state flower creates a sea of blue along the highways. During this time, Texans proudly snap family pictures in patches of bluebonnets. I have fond memories of taking such pictures at my grandparent’s house each Easter. They lived out in the country and had fields of bluebonnets around their house. Sometime after they moved out of their house, we stopped taking bluebonnet pictures, and I actually can’t remember the last one our extended family took.
This season, the bluebonnets near my parents house were gorgeous and mom suggested we seize the opportunity to take the kid’s first bluebonnet pictures. They had a grand time frolicking through knee high flora and smelling the sweet wildflower aroma.
This photo was my favorite of the foursome, and was surprisingly captured with my iPhone rather than our DSLR camera.
The tell tale sign of a roadside family photo is when an 18 wheeler is part of the backdrop….Ironically my sister’s fiancé works for Walmart.com Perhaps it was a little homage to his employer.
Don’t worry…we got more sans truck!
Every family photo shoot ends with an obligatory “silly” shot….
Bluebonnet Fun Facts:
In 1901, the bluebonnet was adopted as the state flower.
There are actually five species of bluebonnet, and all are accepted as the state flower.
Bluebonnets peak bloom season actually is May to July
In the 1930’s, the Highway Department began planting bluebonnets along state highways. Texas was the first state in the nation to plant flowers along the highways.
Texas State Wildflower Day is celebrated every April 24.
Does your state or province have any similar traditions?