Yesterday I found the famous fields of Texas bluebonnet; with a little research it was not hard to do. Some facts:
A) they bloom for nearly a full month from late March to late April across the state -- but not much elsewhere
B) it is no surprise they are the state flower
C) they drive a multi-million dollar tourist industry
D) they are as much a symbol of this state as any.
Some analysis. It is odd that I never knew of this phenomenon nor have seen a single picture during my entire Northern, coastal, liberal life, whereas I have seen pictures of Scandinavian tulip fields countless times. What's that about? I have also heard this too many times since moving here: "At least you're in Austin ..." implying some sort of relief that I am not in "Texas" from well meaning friends who have visited neither. My two cents? Antebellum prejudice remains, and it goes both ways.
If you keep reading you will be far from bluebonnets but this is how my mind works. While much hate remains concentrated in the deep South, with per-capita registered organizations highest in Mississippi & Arkansas, the next highest are in Idaho & New Jersey, and Texas ranks along with Washington State tied at #28 below Massachusetts, California, Colorado and New York. (Data from the Southern Law Poverty Center, analyzed here.)
Back to bluebonnets: I wish you could smell them. They were so fragrant, and humming with insects and birds in the trees. Spring in Texas feels a little like what you'd imagine paradise to be. I tried to take you into the experience with some macro and selective focus. A google image search will take care of the rest, if you can handle the saturation. These were shot on a Nikon D610 with a 28mm AIS at a spot called Turkey Bend on the Colorado River 30 miles out of Austin. Go seek fields of bluebonnet, my friends. You will be glad that you did.