Set 2 of My Favorite Texas Wildflowers

Bob Jensen at Trinity University 


Late March is dreary up here in the White Mountains this particular Year 2012. Normally, everything is still white with a deep snow cover, but this year the snow cover is mostly gone. Everything is dark brown, medium brown, light brown, tan, and beige.  The only color is on the birds awaiting spring time.

A forlorn blue jay in my front lawn waiting for June

In February our birds were hungry



So once again in March I will instead feature Texas wildflowers. I lived in Texas for 24 years and looked forward every spring to the carpets of wild flowers coming to life in the hill country north of San Antonio. There are many types of wild flowers in those hills, but the best known is the Texas Blue Bonnet that seems to be a smaller version of our dense Lupine in New England --- but our Lupine do not bloom until June. Texas comes into color much earlier in the year.

This year Trinity University's Public Information Officer Venetia DuBose sent me 12 photographs of the current wildflowers in bloom on the Trinity campus. I will begin with those 12 photographs. Thank you so much Vee.

Vee DuBose 01

Vee DuBose 02

Vee DuBose 03

Vee DuBose  04

Vee DuBose 05

Vee DuBose 06

Vee DuBose 07

Vee DuBose 08

Vee DuBose 09

Vee DuBose 10

Vee DuBose 11

Vee DuBose 12


Some years back my secretary, Debbie Bowling, sent me the following blue bonnet photograph from the hill country

This is a typical stone farmhouse in the hill country
These buildings were often built by German immigrant farmers
The rocky sea bed land is more conducive to cattle than to grain crops

My friend Paula Ward sent me some hill country wild flower photographs

Paula Ward 01

Paula Ward 02

Paula Ward  03


In June I will feature our long-awaited wild flowers in the White Mountains of New Hampshire
Bob Jensen 01

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Bob Jensen 03 (The Iris Farm down the road)

Bob Jensen04 (lupine up close)

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Bob Jensen 06 (Iris)

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Photographer Wes Lavin sent me the following wildflower picture taken up here some time ago
This is The Iris Farm down the road (sadly this farm is now vacant)



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