The bluebonnet is the Texas state flower. It is a wildflower that can typically be seen along Texas highways in late March/early April. The plenitude of flowers depends largely on the amount of rainfall during February and March. It is the tradition of many who live here to take annual pictures with the bluebonnets. Since we have lived here, we have had a good showing of bluebonnets about every other year. Here are a few pictures from previous years:
2003: Jayson, Rachelle, Riley and Kaiya
Last year I wanted desperately to take pictures of all the kids in the bluebonnets, but the drought-like conditions meant there were none to be found! This year has also been on the dry side until recently so I was really excited when my friend, Cassaundra, told me about a decent patch of Bluebonnets near her house. The day before Easter we piled everybody into "The Beast" and headed out to take pictures. We brought along several helpers and cracker "bribes" to help with the photo shoot. Unfortunately, not everyone was as excited about taking bluebonnet pictures as I was!
Since the babies were NOT happy about sitting in the flowers, we decided to try sitting them on this giant rock, but they didn't like that any better. This shot is a good depiction of what was going on for most of the photo shoot---all the helpers would hurry and set the babies in position and then try to move out of the way so I could take the picture. The babies hated the rock and tried to get off the second they were put on it, so then the helpers would all rush back in!