The Hill Country has received a lot of rain this fall and winter. I’m hoping these rains will enhance the spring wildflowers in 2019. Over the last few months, our property in the Hill Country has been covered with bluebonnet rosettes. With continued moisture and the potential for an El Nino winter, the prospects for a colorful spring are looking better than in many previous years. I’ve also been surprised at the number of wildflowers blooming this fall. From the desert of Big Bend Ranch state park, the slopes of the Chisos Mountains, to the rolling hills of the Hill Country, I’ve seen flowers of yellow just about everywhere – and even photographed a few. Here’s hoping for a good spring show!
Each spring across the state of Texas, bluebonnets and many other wonderful Texas wildflowers explode in a variety of shapes and colors. These bluebonnet and wildflower images in this gallery come from across the Texas Hill Country, as well as other areas such as San Antonio and Waxahachie to east Texas. The landscapes found in this gallery are available for both commercial and personal use, such as licensing and as fine art prints.
From Indian paintbrush to firewheels to sunflowers, these colorful flowers bloom throughout the spring, and these fields of red and gold often seem to stretch to the horizon. In April, colorful splashes of bluebonnets can line the roadsides as the county roads wind their way through the rolling hills, and I've driven many miles in search of the perfect angles and wildflower coverage. Earlier in spring, in mid to late February, golden daffodils bloom in east Texas near Gladewater. These rare flowers last only for a few weeks, then fade and are gone.
I hope these pictures of bluebonnets and other wildflowers can convey the beauty that covers the fields each spring. Some of my favorite bluebonnet images come from the Mason/San Saba County line. One spring during peak bloom season, I waited for a potentially good evening for sunset. Finally, the weathermen forecast storms to roll through the hill country during the afternoon, then clear out by evening. I loaded up the car and drove the nearly 2 hours to reach the dirt road where the bluebonnets were in full bloom. For almost two hours I enjoyed the silence of a magical sunset setting over a motionless sea of Texas bluebonnets that stretched to the horizon.
On another occasion, I was on my way to photograph the Dallas skyline for a client when I decided to take some back roads off of I-35 between Hillsboro and Waxahachie. To my excitement, I found fields of golden sunflowers that grew as far as I could see. I made the 3-hour drive several more times to photograph this field at sunset. I have not seen sunflower fields since then that could equal its beauty.
Even in the fall, with enough rain, golden wildflowers in shades of orange and red appear along the roadsides, on mountains slopes, and in fields in between. I’ve seen yellow wildflowers on the summit of Oso Mountain – the tallest point in Big Bend Ranch State Park – to the banks of the Pedernales River. The wildflowers of our great state are beautiful!