A ritual eagerly anticipated each Spring in south central Texas is the appearance of the bluebonnets for a few short weeks.
Winter in the Texas hill country is dreary. Browns are all around. Scrawny juniper, prickly pear and dried scrub brush is every which way you turn. Then, suddenly, in late March and early April the bluebonnets popup out of nowhere. They lead an invasion of wildflowers that often carpet the unexpected landscape.
The Texas hill country geologically includes old worn limestone, hidden caves, thin soils and the 2nd largest granite dome in the United States. It has a 10,000 year history of human habitation and is the proud birthplace of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Texas bluebonnets (Lupinus texaensis) line the sides of country roads everywhere. It is a variety of lupine. They are endemic to the Texas hill country, but found in Oklahoma, Lousiana and some parts of Florida.
Along with bluebonnets a lot of other wildflowers come sprouting up with them.