wild blooming flowers appear with their cheery blooms blowing to and fro.
Hundreds grow in the prairies, woods, pastures,
Some wild flowering grasses have tiny blossoms that are hard to see individually, but cast a faint colorful haze when hundreds grow together in a roadside patch. Hundreds of these flowers grow in the ditches near my drive.
How did a quick, before-daylight trip to the bathroom
lead to the toilet being in the shower?
Famous for NOT being a morning person,
I stumble around when I first wake up even when I plan to get up.
An older colleague, really like a dad, who mentored me for years while teaching
told everyone, "God does not turn on Judy's air until 10:00 a.m."
Then, when I have to get up to go the bathroom while it is still dark,
it's as though I'm sleep walking.
Spring may officially arrive on March 20 in 2016,
but Spring's true arrival in each area in the world is not based on a date on the calendar.
Instead, each nook and cranny in the world has its own signal that Spring has arrived.
Bluebonnets are the unofficial first sign of Spring in Texas,
much like robins are the unofficial first sign of Spring for the northern states.
In 2014, the bluebonnets were glorious all around Ennis, Texas
as seen in the following post first published in May 2014.
Part of the joy of living is reliving special times in our lives.
Please enjoy the reliving of the 2014 bluebonnets,
one of the two most spectacular Springs for bluebonnets in my life.
Fields and fields of wild
were fields of dreams for early settlers.
Wide open spaces appeared as painted by a
Bright greens, blues, and yellows
promised fertile lands for crops and livestock.
Today the wildflower fields around Ennis, Texas
are dotted with cattle on the horizon.
The acres of wild bluebonnets as seen by early settlers were
unobstructed views, beckoning farmers and ranchers to stay.
And, stay they did,
enclosing the wide open spaces with fences.
Barbed wire and wooden fence posts have given way to more
modern fencing materials.
Today, the fields of dreams are sometimes enclosed by metal fencing.
The Texas bluebonnet fields are filled with varying shades...
from pure white to pale blue to medium blue to cobalt blue.
Rarely there are even shades of pink and red bluebonnets in some fields.
More common than pink and red bluebonnets are
Most years paintbrushes bloom around the same time
as bluebonnets, and often will grow interspersed in the same field.
These paintbrushes are growing along the side of the road
near a field of bluebonnets in the background.
Both bluebonnets and paintbrushes are annuals and
reseed themselves to return each spring,
carpeting field after field with their beauty.
Bluebonnets are in the lupine family, and
varying wild lupines grow in thirty states,
according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Growing conditions in Texas,
long hot summers and sparse rainfall,
produce short flowers.
In Texas, the field of dreams still lives.
Today homeowners buy acreage
so their "front yards" are filled with wild bluebonnets.
Many are generous and allow others to visit
their fields to take photos each spring.
Ennis, Texas is the Bluebonnet Capital in Texas,
and has a bluebonnet festival each April.
Ennis is located about 40 minutes south of Dallas, and
the Chamber of Commerce offers free maps
with several routes marked for viewing wild bluebonnets.
A highlight of my life each year is seeing
a field of dreams.
The Ennis Bluebonnet Trails are April 1-30, 2016, and
The Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival is April 15-17, 2016.