Wildflowers and Wanderings – {Emily Michelle Photography}

Written by emily

It’s spring here in Texas.

Like most of the country we had a strange winter, long and dark and cold (even by non-Texas standards) and while rain is always welcome here, it’s been a relief to see to see the sun peeking out and to feel the warm breeze blowing under blue skies. This is why I moved to the South.

But beyond even the sun and the sky…there are the wildflowers. For a few weeks in springtime the Texas countryside erupts into a riot of color – blues and purples and reds and yellows – bright blossoms amidst the dark green grass. It’s sheer arresting beauty, like New England in autumn. For a few weeks the wilds put on their very best show.

And we went out to see it.

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Flowers aren’t the only reason to see the Texas Hill Country. It’s wonderful to be so close to the city and yet to feel so far from it, to take a big deep breath in wide open spaces and remember all the things that made your home-back-home so wonderful, like little homes on big land and quiet country roads.

And cows. Lots of cows.

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I never realized how much I missed seeing cows every day.

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We took a rest stop in Mason and walked around the town square. 5:15pm on a Saturday and everything closed up for the evening? Sounds about right.

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Even on the sidewalks, the bluebonnets are thriving.

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We headed east out of Mason back toward Llano, stopping for some photos along the way.

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(For these shots I got several burrs in my jeans and stepped on an anthill. C’est la vie.)

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And then at sunset we found it…the spot.

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Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush and nothing but the sound of our own footsteps and the singing birds: this is the gift of spring in the Texas countryside. This may also go down as one of the more magical moments in my 30 by 30 journey.

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Eventually the sun sank down and we managed to pull ourselves away.

(To be back next year? Oh yes, I think so.)

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