Best Texas Bluebonnets and Wildflower Landscapes of 2021!

The bluebonnets and wildflowers season this year was not the stellar years of the past in the Texas hill country but it did have it moments where there were some beautiful flowers to be found! Below are some of our favorites wildflowers for this year we found in our drive through out the texas hill country in 2021!

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Golden Glow over Bluebonnet Landscape Pano : Prints Available

Golden Glow over Bluebonnet Landscape Pano – Texas Wildflowers – We have been hoping that this farmland in the Texas hill country bluebonnets would come back and this year we got lucky. We capture several images of this field of bluebonnets in a panorama right before sunset which created this nice golden glow over the wildflowers. We came here several times as we never know when or if this bluebonnet landscape will come back again. We spoke with the property owner who was happy we appreciated the wildflowers as much as she did. This was a hugh field of texas bluebonnets in the hill country probably the biggest field of wildflowers in years. Even though the rest of the hill country was only so so this year this field came back after several years of no flowers. Some say bluebonnets or lupines come back every couple of years, but we have seen some field never come back but this year we got lucky. These are some of our favorite field of wildflowers landscapes to capture, the texas bluebonnets in the back roads of the Texas. The bluebonnet is native to the area and the state flower of Texas. All bluebonnets are the state flower but the one we capture the most is the Lupinus texensis. This wildflower has the blue colored pea shaped leaves with the white top which have been planted along the roads by the highway dept. since the days of Lady Bird when she promoted native wildflowers in Texas. Sometimes the bluebonnets will have a violet to purple tint depending on the suns angle in this you see the color change because of the low angle of the sun over this field.

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Texas Bluebonnets at the Lake Sunset Pano – We love this twilight after the sunset went down over this wonderful field of bluebonnets and with this colorful pink and orange sky. We came to this location along the water several times to capture both sunrise and sunset of these wonderful bluebonnet wildflowers at the lake edge. Capturing good bluebonnets is a matter of luck many times and we were lucky that this area had bluebonnet wildflowers again after the lake went back down which allowed them to come back so we took many photos from here. We like this little leafless tree that was positioned along the waters edge and decided to use it in our capture. The Texas hill country dry river bed came back to life this year after the waters went down along the colorado river and this field of bluebonnets popped up. It was delightful to see the field of wildflowers again not as much as the first time years ago, but still wonderful. Spring time in the Texas hill country can be magical when fields of wildflowers appear in great numbers. We live not far from here so we came here many times till word got out and the bluebonnet got trampled down. The texas hill country has been one of the best places to capture pictures of bluebonnets landscapes in the past and we can only hope forever. Taking pictures of bluebonnets is one of our favorite things to capture. There are many varieties of bluebonnets in Texas from the chiso bluebonnet, to the sandyland and of course the Lupinus texensis lupine, has been the state flower since the 1901 and all other bluebonnets were included in 1971 by the Texas Legislature which made all lupines in the state the state flower. For most the most popular is the Lupinus texensis or texas bluebonnet which are here in the hill country which range in color from blue to violet shade depending on the light also the texas hill bluebonnets have the white tops which are known is said to look like a bonnet.

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Sunrise Glow Over Lake Bluebonnets – This wonderful landscape field of bluebonnet wildflowers was a site to see this spring. Over this bluebonnet season we came to this area over five times to catch sunrises and sunsets. This area is the beginning of the Texas hill country and we drive a good distance trying to find an capturing good field of bluebonnets images which can be a lot of luck and a lot of driving. I don’t know how many miles we put on our vehicle every spring trying to find nice field of bluebonnets or other wildflowers. When you find a location with lots of wildflowers, it is especially hard when everyone can get in them because they get trampled so fast so you have to find them fast and get your photo before they get too trampled. This year we did get to this area before it got too overrun and capture several good images ofthe masses got here to capture this sunrise over the lake. Really this is part of the Colorado river chain in the Texas Hill Country but a lot refer to it as the lake. This park had a bumper crop of bluebonnets several years ago after a drought exposed the field to the light of day. Now we again had a drought and the field is again exposed so many bluebonnets came back but nothing like it had been years ago, but still still a nice bunch of wildflowers in one place. So we set out to capture the sunrise over the lake and this morning gave us a nice glow just as the sun rays broke the surface of the Texas hill country.

 

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John P. Cole Cabin Wildflowers at Sunset – We took the John P. Cole Cabin with bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush wildflower right at sunset in Old Baylor Park in a vertical format. The John P. Cole cabin was part of the Cole settlement of 1835 located on Cataract Creek and it was moved to old baylor park for historical preservation. John P Cole was one of the founders of Cole Settlement. John P Cole was appointed to Chief Justice of Washington County by Sam Houston the first president of the Republic. The Cole house was the center of activity with local election plus the first constitition election were held here in 1828. In August 1836 the town of Independence was formed. Independence was where Sam Houston and his family settled and he took a person interest in Baylor University and the Baptist church there. Old baylor park was the site of the Baylor University male section of the school before it was moved to Waco.

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Poppies at the Farm – We capture these wonderful poppies at this old rural farm where the poppy grow like wildflowers. Several towns in Texas have a poppy festival every year where many grow poppies just for the event. Poppies were growing in front of peoples home, in their yard with sign welcoming the visitors so you could find these wonderful poppy landscapes in abundant everywhere.

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Sunset Over the Parks Bluebonnets Pano : Prints Available

Sunset Over the Bluebonnets Pano – Another capture of the field of bluebonnets panorama after the sunset and brought up these nice colors of pinks and orange in the sky. We had moved to a different site when the colors from the earlier sunset appeared in the sky. We had been photographing nearby when we saw the colors and turn our camera that way where the road curved around the bend at the lake. The Texas hill country dry river bed came back to life this year after the waters went down along the colorado river and this field of bluebonnets popped up. It was delightful to see the field of wildflowers again not as much as the first time but still wonderful. We capture this wonderful field of wildflowers just as the sunset colors appear over the trees tops with enough light left for the the flowers. Spring time in the Texas hill country can be magical when fields of wildflowers appear in great numbers. We live not far from here so we came here several times till word got out and the bluebonnet got trampled down. The texas hill country has been one of the best places to capture pictures of bluebonnets landscapes in the past and we can only hope forever. Taking pictures of bluebonnets is one of our favorite things to capture. There are many varieties of bluebonnets in Texas from the chiso bluebonnet, to the sandyland and of course the Lupinus texensis lupine, has been the state flower since the 1901 and all other bluebonnets were included in 1971 by the Texas Legislature which made all lupines in the state the state flower. For most the most popular is the Lupinus texensis or texas bluebonnet which are here in the hill country which are known for the white top which is said to look like a bonnet.

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Bluebonnets at the Lake Sunset Pano : Prints Available

Bluebonnets at the Lake Sunset Pano – The Texas hill country dry river bed came back to life again after the waters went down along the colorado river this year and this field of bluebonnets was a site to see. We capture this wonderful field of wildflowers just as the sunset over the trees tops with enough light left for the the flowers in a panorama. Spring time in the Texas hill country can be magical if when fields of wildflowers appear in great numbers. We live not far from here so we came here several times till word got out and the bluebonnet got trampled down. The texas hill country has been one of the best places to capture pictures of bluebonnets landscapes in the past and we can only hope forever. Taking pictures of bluebonnets is one of our favorite things to capture. There are many varieties of bluebonnets in Texas from the chiso bluebonnet, to the sandyland and of course the Lupinus texensis lupine, has been the state flower since the 1901 and all other bluebonnets were included in 1971 by the Texas Legislature which made all lupines in the state the state flower. For most the most popular is the Lupinus texensis or texas bluebonnet know for the white top which is said to look like a bonnet.

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Red Poppies at the Fence Pano – We love this house with it fence and a row of red corn poppies in front. We captured this in front of this small stone house as we were leaving in a panorama. We like the fence and red poppies in front so that where we wanted to focus the image. Poppies are a popular flower to be grown in gardens as well in the wild they grow best somewhere between the end of March and through the end of April in the spring time. The red poppy flower also can be called the corn rose, field poppy, flanders poppy, red poppy, red weed. I suppose they get out of hand just like the white poppies in the hill country.

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Red Poppy Landscape – A lovely tree and a field of red poppies with a blue sky and nice clouds what could be better. Spring time in the Texas hill country offers up lots of wildflower landscape opportunities rather it be in the wild or planted. We capture this at the seed farm out side Fredrickburg Texas with this field great red corn poppies field. Red Corn poppies can be found as wildflowers or planted in flower beds. It always great to find them no matter where they grow. A litte added benefit was behind this field of wildflowers was the vineyard that grow the grapes for the winerys in this area.

Hill Country Rest Stop at Sunset

 

 

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Hill Country Rest Stop at Sunset – We captured this hill country rest stop right at sunset. This rest stop in the Texas hill country was a suprise as it was a new one along our travels in the hills. It had this lovely tree with some nice looking yuccas and picnic table all to make your rest pleasant. We love that we captured the sunset through the nice live oak tree. Live oaks do not drop their leaves in the winter and this highway rest stop in the hill country had a lot of great live oak trees. The hill country has some wonderful scenery if you know where to find it. We have travel this area for many years chasing wildflowers and fall colors but this time it was the sunset that got our attention.

Austin Skyline Along Lady Bird Lake in Fall

Austin Skyline Along Lady Bird Lake in Fall – Fall can be fleeting in Texas, but we do have a short window where the bald cypress and red oaks come togther to create this autumn landscape scenery. The bald cypress turn from an orange to a red to a rusty color along the lake the red oaks are sprinkled through out the area. This is an aerial capture looking toward downtown Austin along Lady Bird Lake or Town Lake as many that have lived here for a while still call it from Zilker park. Austin Texas lady bird lake is actually part of the Highland lakes Colorado river chain which flows from the hill country into lake travis and lake austin into Lady bird lake where it then flow all the way to the coast. Along it way create this recreational spot near Zilker park where people utilize the water with their sups, canoes, or whatever as you an see lot of people on the lake today. Zilker Park is over 350 acres where people come to enjoy all that is offered in the area including picnic tables, soccer, Barton Springs, hike and biking trails which run through the park area and beyond. Actually people were everwhere in the parks today, on the water in their canoes, sups all enjoying the nice day with blue skies and the water was flowing only slightly with allow reflection from of the clouds in the water. You can even see the state capitol dome top in the far left of skyline in the scene for another beautiful day in Austin Texas.

 

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Austin Skyline Along Lady Bird Lake in Fall – Fall is fleeting in Texas, but we do have a short window where the bald cypress and red oaks come togther to create this autumn landscape scenery. The bald cypress turn from an orange to a red to a rusty color along the lake the red oaks are sprinkled through out the area. This is an aerial capture looking toward downtown Austin along Lady Bird Lake or Town Lake as many that have lived here for a while still call it from Zilker park.

Sunrise at Caldwell Pier Port Aransas Texas

Sunrise at Caldwell Pier Port Aransas Texas -Another Beautiful sunrise under the Horace Caldwell Pier in Port Aransas Texas.

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Sunrise at Caldwell Pier Port Aransas Texas – A colorful sunrise under the Caldwell Pier about shortly before sunrise. Port A is in the gulf of mexico and is part of the mustang island that runs to North Padre island all the way to South padre island. Port Aransas is a small community of vacations homes, and condos the closest city is Corpus Christi about 20 miles away. The beaches are highly used by texans and there are miles and miles of beaches. People come to swim, fish, surf, wind surf, and many other activities year round as the weather is mild most of the fall, winter and spring, compared to summers which are hot and humid.

Roadside Wildflowers

Happy Friday – Wildflowers Along the Roadside from 2016 of texas wildflowers along the roadside.  Texas bluebonnets and indian paintbrush in the Texas hill country on a beautiful spring day. It was a fiesta of color along the roadside with bluebonnets and indian paintbrush in the hill country.  Texas bluebonnet are one of our favorite wildflowers and we look forward to capturing them every year. This was a great year for wildflowers you could find them in abundance all along the roads in the Texas Hill Country from the foot hills of west Austin to Mason.  We took these of the Texas wildflowers along this road in the hill country near Llano in 2016 and we come back every year hoping to sees then this lush again but so far no luck. Springtime in texas is a great time with all the natural wildflowers growing along the roads and into the pastures but not every year is the same.  It seems that the bluebonnet come back thicket every couple of years! We can all thank Lady Bird Johnson help in getting all these wonderful road side bluebonnets  and wildflowers along our Texas roads.

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Wildflowers Along the Roadside – This roadside landscape was alive with color of blues and reds wildflowers along the road. We took these bluebonnets and indian paintbrush wildflowers along the road out in the Texas Hill Country near Llano. Springtime in texas is a great time with all the natural wildflowers growing everywhere. We can all thank Lady Bird Johnson for her push to get the Highway Beautification Act which is why we have so many beautiful wildflowers every spring.

Santa Elena Canyon Path

Santa Elena Canyon Path – A little different view of Santa Elena Canyon from the pathway to the canyons as the mountains rise up it for an impressive view of the site. These two side of the canyons, one on the left is Mexico side and the other the US side allow the Rio Grande river to flow out of mountains and contiunue it journey downstream. This Texas landscape had a nice sky with some nice clouds and a path that led your eyes toward the canyon walls. To me the Santa Elena Canyon are one of the highlights of the Big Bend National park, to get there it is about an hour drive on the Ross Maxwell Scenic drive west through the Chiso Mountain when almost to the end of the road, there is an scenic overlook of the canyon landscape from here. But if you want explore more drive a little farther to the trail head where you can walk about 5 minutes along a board walk on sand to get to a beach area where the Rio Grande River flows out of the mouth of the canyons. If you like you can climb up the cliffs as there are several fairly accessable views points for some outstanding Texas scenery that are not too high or difficult to climb or stay below and enjoy the stunning view from below. The river is seldom too deep and in some cases you can walk quite a ways back into the canyons. We have landscape images from several views of this wonderful Texas scenery on our site so thanks for looking. beecreekphoto.com

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Santa Elena Canyon Path –  Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park along the trail as the path leads to the canyon walls. It a short walk to reach the Rio Grande river but it takes a bit more to climb the steep walls of the canyon but it is only moderately difficult. It is a top location to visit for those who come to Big Bend National Park every year. The cliffs rise up 1500 feet from the Rio Grande river goes right down the middle with one side on the US and the other side of the canyon is on Mexico side.

Sunrise Under the Pier

Sunrise Under the Pier – We had started working our way down the Texas Coast beach in Port Aransas early morning before sunrise and just as the sun was slightly above the horizon we shot this one and loved the look of the underside of the Caldwell Pier. Today the sunrise under the pier was just peeking above the horizon reflecting off the clouds and surf below as it gently rolled in carry some sea weed with the morning light for a nice coastal scene. The sun light was also reflecting off the water and wet sand which reflected the sunrise colors back under the pier to make for a pretty texas coastal landscape scene. The texas coast is located in the gulf of mexico and Port A has about 18 miles of beach with plenty to do from sport fishing, parasailing, swimming, surfing, birding, and many other event on the island to keep you from getting board. Just to get to the island can require a ferry ride to get to the island or you can come around the long way as we call it through Corpus Christi maybe a thirty drive down the shoreline of mustang island.

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Sunrise Under The Pier – We had started working our way down the beach in Port Aransas this early morning before sunrise and just as the sun was slightly above the horizon we shot this one and loved the look of the underside of the Texas Caldwell Pier. Ths  sunrise under the pier was just peeking over the horizon with morning light reflecting off the surf and sand as it gently rolled in carry some sea weed onto the sandy beach to make for a pretty coastal landscape scene from under the pier. This Texas pier at sunrise is what I think of when I think about the beach here in Port A. D82-0840 .

Oueen Isabella Memorial Causeway Panorama

Oueen Isabella Memorial Causeway Panorama – Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway Bridge is the only road to South Padre Island from Port Isabel. Many tourist come to Padre Island for the blue waters and the miles of white sandy beaches. The area is also supported by commercial fishing, tourism, and the petroleum industry. In 1978 the Port Isabel Ship Channel was dredged to thirty-six feet in depth and 200 feet in bottom width to allow larger barges and ship. South Padre island is located in south Texas and not far from the Mexico US border. This is in far south Texas but it is visited by many who come for all over for the nice subtropical weather and white sandy beaches every year. This is also a popular spot for spring break but it also has a large RV following especially in the off seasons.

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Oueen Isabella Memorial Causeway Panorama – Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway Bridge is the only road to South Padre Island from Port Isabel. Many tourist come to Padre Island for the blue waters and the miles of white sandy beaches. The area is also supported by commercial fishing, tourism, and the petroleum industry. In 1978 the Port Isabel Ship Channel was dredged to thirty-six feet in depth and 200 feet in bottom width to allow larger barges and ship. South Padre island is located in south Texas and not far from the Mexico US border. This is in far south Texas but it is visited by many who come for all over for the nice weather and white sandy beaches every year.

Oasis Sunset Lake Travis

Oasis Sunset Pano – One more image of this wonderful Oasis sunset on Lake Travis. Lake Travis is outside of Austin in the Hill Country which is a favorite place for locals and tourist to come and you can’t miss the Oasis restaurant for some good food and drinks as you watch the sunset set.The Oasis Sunset Pano – The Oasis sunset is the best place to capture a sun set which is located in the Texas Hill country outside Austin on Lake Travis. The restaurant is located in far west Austin at the foothills of the Texas Hill Country on Lake Travis. The Oasis restaurant likes to promote itself as the “Sunset Capital of Texas” with it decks facing west for maximum sunset views. The restaurant sit on a bluff about 450 feet over the lake overlooking the big bowl at the lake. Lake Travis is part of the Highland lakes, after Mansfield dam was built in 1942 it became the largest reservoir for water storage creating the largest area of water where the Oasis overlook is. The Oasis restaurant is popular with locals and tourist and it not uncommon to find buses lined up in the parking lot. It has become a destination for people traveling in this area of the Hill Country to visit to capture a peak at the sunset. Most people who live in Austin will tell you place go to see the view as the Oasis sunset is hard to beat in the area, the sunsets view from this location are great anytime of the year. The Oasis restaurant has been here for thirty years, but in 2005 a lightning fire destroyed parts of the structure but it was back in business about two weeks later, over time the portion that had burn down was re-built and expanded for maximun sunset views. This Lake is one of the largest reservoir of water along the Highland lakes. another beautiful sunset in the Texas hillcountry. Love that the sunset was almost here and they still have the umbrellas up they will take them down at sunset.

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Sunset at the Oasis Pano –  One more landscape image of this wonderful sunset at the Oasis on Lake Travis. Lake Travis is outside of Austin, Texas in the Hill Country which is a favorite place for locals and tourist to come and you can’t miss the Oasis restaurant for some good food and drinks as you watch the sunset set. Love that the sunset was almost here and they still have the umbrellas up.

Golden Glow Over Bluebonnets

Golden Glow Over Bluebonnets – This was taken on the colorado river as the sunrise cast this golden glow over bluebonnets with these golden clouds cast their warm colors over this amazing field of wildflowers. Springtime in the Texas hill country is my favorite time because of all the wonderful wildflowers everywhere, especially when you come across a big field of bluebonnets like this it can be a magical landscape. These blueboonets were taken along the Colorado river in the Hill Country at sunrise as the sky and cloud had this golden glow. The Texas bluebonnets are a variety of blue wildflowers that grow in the State of Texas every spring which are of the genus Lupinus. Originally in 1901 the state declare only one blue bonnet the state flower however, in 1971 the Texas legislature declare that any flower found to be similar to Lupinus be declared the state flower. The name bluebonnet was from the look of the top of white part of the flower that was similar to the bonnet that woman wore on their heads in the pioneering days. The popularity of the blue bonnet grew after Lady Bird Johnson had push the Highway Beautification Act where she encorage everyone to plant native wildflowers along highways in the state. Today you can find wildflowers along many roads in Texas and the Texas Hill County has been known as one of the better places to find them. Bluebonnets love soil that drain wells and you will find them easily growing along the slopping areas along the roads. Of course some years are better than others but you don’t have to drive too far into the hill country to find them along the roads. It is almost that time for the bluebonnets to bloom anywhere between the middle of March to the middle of April depending on where and if we got the right amount of rain and sun here in central Texas. We also have other wildflowe that show up near the same time like Indian Paintbrush it changes year to year it is alway fun to see what will show up every spring.

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Golden Glow over Blue Bonnets – We capture this sunrise over a field of bluebonnets through the mesquite tree just as the sun came up and it created this nice golden glow. You can see the sunset is just coming up over the horizon through the two mesquite trees in this landscape. This was a nice field of wildflowers in the texas hill country. The Texas bluebonnet or lupine was declare a state flower in 1971 by the Texas legislature. Also Lady Bird Johnson help in her push to create the Highway beautification Act which is how wildflowers in Texas took root. We can thank Lady Bird for these beautiful spring wildflowers that are across our highways and park and where ever they may be.