Texas Wildflowers Tour

April 17, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Earlier this week, I completed a wildflower tour across Texas hosted by professional photographers David Cobb and Kevin McNeil.   After flying into Dallas, we begin the tour in Ennis...about 45 minutes south of Dallas. With the end of February and start of March being colder than usual, the flowers were slower to start this season.  The flowers were closer to peak in Central and South Texas than they were in North Texas.  After spending only one morning in Ennis, David and Kevin decided that it would better to spend more time further south.  So it was on to the Texas Hill Country west of Austin where the flowers were more widespread and especially colorful.   Our first evening in the Hill Country was near Fredericksburg on the Willow City Loop.   Here we were able to catch a nice sunset among bluebonnets.  

Bluebonnets At SunsetBluebonnets At SunsetA field of bluebonnets at sunset in the Texas Hill Country.

Overall, the weather was quite cloudy for much of this tour.   We rarely could actually see the actual sun rise or set.  However, sometimes there was enough of a gap in cloud cover to catch a red glow for a few minutes. While spending two nights in Johnson City, we made two morning visits to nearby Lake Travis where there was a beautiful spot called Muleshoe Bend.   The bluebonnets were especially thick here...some of the most widespread wildflowers I have ever seen.   

While bluebonnets were the primary wildflower in the Texas Hill Country, there was more variety in color with wildflowers in South Texas.   Texas paintbrush that was colored red seemed to be the most common in the area around Sequin, but there was many other species too.   There were also a few small churches that were surrounded by wildflowers of many colors.  

The timing and type of flowers can vary greatly from year to year.  I want to again say thanks to David and Kevin. They did a lot of scouting before I arrived to ensure that great wildflowers would be seen on this tour. 


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