Friday, May 21, 2010

 A few years ago while traveling between San Angelo and Austin, I came upon a stunning field of yellow flowers. Now Spring drives through the Hill Country in Central Texas are known for their wildflower extravaganzas but this was truly special. so much so that it conjured an attempt at poetry.

Today I made that same trip to San Angelo and back on the occasion of my mother's 80th birthday and was astounded at the miles and miles of yellow flowers. While it is true that it has been many years since conditions were right for such a wildflower display but (except for the Rape Seed fields in Britain) I cannot remember ever seeing such a thing in my life.  Not only the roadside and many meadows but often entire hillsides and from the road as far as the eye could see, carpets of yellow broken only by the green dots of oak or mesquite trees. Sections of the road were so crowded on both sides with flowers so as to create a glow inside the vehicle and cause one to squint with its brightness.

And me without a camera.

So I've attached a couple of links of pics which come close- close, mind you, to what I saw today. Go visit the photographers sight 
 My oldest son took some video on his phone toward the end of the "yellow bricked road" but I don't know how well it came out. We'll see.


Kindred Spirit said...

Beautiful! Thank you for posting these lovely flower photographs. Spring has truly sprung!

eutychus said...

So glad you liked them, KS. Actually its been springing here for a few weeks and is in its waning phases as the heat continues to climb. The flowers start with blues and reds and then to whites and oranges, then yellows and a few purples, then slowly fade to browns. sigh.

alaiyo said...

TX wildflowers are amazing. The bluebonnets are the most famous, but the Indian Paintbrush, coreopsis, and gaillardia are just as beautiful. I put some pictures on FB from our recent trip; bluebonnets were almost fagged out, but gaillardia and coreopsis were in full bloom, with quite a bit of Paintbrush still mixed in.

eutychus said...

gaillardia- THAT was the other one! Thanks for stopping in Alaiyo. Always good to hear from you! And thanks for pointing me back to your FB albums. For some reason I had missed those and the flowers and of course the ones with your dad are absolutely beautiful. Continued prayers for you all.

mrsjohn said...

Beautiful! Thank you for posting these lovely flower photographs. Spring has truly sprung
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