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First Bluebonnet [Mar. 25th, 2015|05:03 pm]
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Spring in Texas begins when bluebonnets start blooming, so the exact date varies across the state.  This was almost our first bluebonnet--the first opened in the rain, when I didn't want to take the camera out--and was photographed two days ago.  We have more now, and will have a big wide field of them soon.  The plants are there, but not all the flowers are open.

This species of bluebonnet is Lupinus texensis, endemic to central Texas.  In a good year it produces fields of vivid deep sky blue and an enchanting fragrance.  Once we were sailing (in a Folboat with a sail kit) on Inks Lake at exactly the right time to have the wind across the lake blow the fragrance of bluebonnets on the other side across to us.  Such beauty.

I meant to post this simultaneously in my LJ and Nature's Beauty, but put it there instead, so this one has different text.

[User Picture]From: seekerval
2015-03-28 11:07 am (UTC)
All photos I've seen of your famous Bluebonnets have been lovely. If only you could include the scent, as well... Thanks for your pretty photo. It's helping me get through our lingering, cold spring.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-03-28 02:00 pm (UTC)
The scent reminds me of bean flowers, though slightly less earthy. Not cloying. (We have a native legume shrub that smells VERY strongly of grape soda or grape Kool-aid. Pleasant when you drive past one. Awful if you have to be next to a big bush of it day after day while it's blooming.)

Bluebonnets are a Texas favorite for a reason--they really are stunning, esp in a year when there's been adequate rain from early fall through March. And, being legumes, they're adding fixing nitrogen in the soil, too. Unfortunately, some people aren't satisfied with gorgeous blue and white flowers and want to breed white ones, maroon ones, etc. There is a natural variation in color, but breeding white or maroon bluebonnets pretty much defeats the purpose of the name.
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[User Picture]From: seekerval
2015-03-29 12:34 am (UTC)
Hmmm ... "blue-white-maybemaroonbonnets" ... Nah, definitely leaves something to be desired. The nice cadence of "bluebonnets" is much better.

Some people just don't understand the value of appreciating what nature (or Life) gives them.
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[User Picture]From: filkferengi
2015-03-30 04:06 pm (UTC)
Kudzu in bloom smells like packets of grape Kool-Aid, too. I wouldn't want to live next to it, either.

Great pic, though!
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