As an update to this post-A Fertilizer Plant in West Texas, near Waco, had a
major explosion last night. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to these
individuals and their families.
Living in the Great State of Texas we have a beautiful little flower that blooms
gracefully and faithfully all along the highways and byways of life…
This bright blue flower is the bluebonnet and is the state flower of Texas-It was
designated our State flower many years ago-1901. It has been called the wolf
flower, and buffalo clover. Some say it is the Shamrock of Texas.
The home of this bright and shining flower has an interesting origin, it grows in
one of the most endangered ecosystems in North America-it is the prairie. I
suspect it is at risk do to what we call “progress.”
The Bluebonnet typically blooms from late March to early April. The Bluebonnet
seems to always be a favorite object for artists and photographers and always a
favorite background for children and family photos.
Another treasure is the Post Oak-it is a majestic and honorable tree whose leaves
burst out beautifully on warm April days. It is drought resistant- perfect for the
prairie. They are slow growing and reach a height of 50 or more feet. They live a
very long time up to 300 or even 400 years!
I just feel so certain that this Oak may actually be several hundred years old.
When I look up through these massive limbs and see the width of this trunk, I
feel in awe of the beauty of nature.
So, despite the heat, drought and my frustration with keeping my garden thriving.
Texas does have it’s charm, even it’s beauty. It is after all, the prairie, a unique
and challenged ecosystem.
As I finished my afternoon stroll through our neighborhood, this quirky little
squirrel was just begging me to take his picture. So, I indulged his whim and
snapped this – he even was gracious enough to fluff out his tail and give me his
How do you embrace your Spring?!