Bluebonnets are scattered throughout this area of Texas, and many varieties extend into the western states and Mexico. We have a small patch on our property. Some years it is outstanding, other years are sparse. This spring gave scant blooms with our dry weather last year. The "Texas Bluebonnet" generally blooms March through May. There are several different bluebonnets (lupine) throughout the state, and some have a longer blooming time. It is a member of the legume family.
When you see a field of bluebonnets, you see mostly the intense blue violet color, and in the foreground, a bit of the white tips. If you can inspect a flower up close, you’ll see marvelous variations of cream to lime green and yellow green, as well as a beautiful dash of crimson on the flower petals. It makes me want to paint a close up of one!
If they are blooming late, you may see the flowers alongside the blooming prickly pear cactus. That is quite a show. In this area, the prickly pear usually bloom after the bluebonnets are gone. It is a treat to see them in bloom together. Even without the show alongside the cactus blooms, they are accompanied by many other wildflowers, so a profusion of color is always there - yellows, whites, oranges, reds, etc.
Flora and Fauna update...............
The deer are so fun to watch. (We have white tail deer). There is a cleared area in front of our house where we feed deer and all manner of birds, bunnies, ducks and whatever else cares to eat there. There is a drinking pond off to the side also. Last summer, several doe had their fawns with them in the clearing. Usually, we don’t see fawns, they stay hidden in the brush until they are older. One of my cats likes to stalk the deer, until the deer tire of her presence, and stamp their front feet and send her away. I painted out not too long ago, and had deer in the field with me while I painted!
The fruit of the wild persimmon trees is ripening. It turns almost black when it is ripe. Just until it is ripe, the fruit is the same color as the leaves, so even when the trees are loaded with fruit, it is hard to see unless you are up close. The fruits are about the size of a nickle, and animals and birds love them...people do not.