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Heart of Texas – The Hill Country

Heart of Texas – The Hill Country

Spring in the Hill Country of Texas – old homesteads, ranches, rolling hills, stony creeks and wildflowers galore – roadsides and open fields are dotted with colorful wildflowers, from the Indian Paintbrush to the state flower, the Bluebonnet.

From “Dreams Unfolding | A Creative Transition | Photo Essay
by yours truly…

Despite my reluctance to leave Cajun Country, it was time to move on-next stop – the heart of Texas-the Texas Hill Country.
S was going to fly into Austin and we planned to split our time seeing the wild flowers for which the Hill Country is famous as well as take some time explore a little of Austin. ( And, of course we would need to indulge in some of the Hill Country’s food offerings—more on that later. )

Since this RV newbie is – as I wrote earlier “…a nomad–no ties, no city, no state…” I have also become a little “free of the calendar”. Oops, forgot about Easter weekend. ☹ So my choices for TX State Parks were all booked over the weekend—would need to divide my time between a commercial park (La Hacienda near Lake Travis) and then move to McKinney Falls State Park for the balance of the stay.

Actually worked out for the best ( I knew it all along ☺ ) La Hacienda was on the west side of Austin and was a great base to explore the Hill Country; McKinney State Falls was minutes from downtown Austin. Perfect.

Perfect is a good word too to describe the condition of the wild flowers in the Hill Country. After all I was there to revisit some of the spots I had photographed 8 years ago and it doesn’t get much better than this to see the Texas State Flower, the bluebonnet, in all its glory. And, if that isn’t enough, over 5,000 varieties of wild flowers carpet the rolling hill of the central Texas Hill Country. In a good year, the wild flowers adorn the old fences, far implements, historic cemeteries and old homesteads.
Fredericksburg, founded by German settlers in 1846, is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country and is a great destination for folks wanting to see this amazing display each spring. And, Willow City Loop Wildflower Trail, just outside of Fredericksburg , is considered one of the best wildflower and bluebonnet drives in the Texas hill country.

The narrow road winds up, down and around green hills highlighted with wildflowers including large bluebonnet displays, Indian paintbrush and more. There are numerous cattle guards, farm gates and low water crossing so be prepared for most anything. Oh, did I say cattle like to wander on the roadway as well? It’s got a little of everything…

Despite my fears that last year’s horrific drought or this Spring’s torrential rains might lead to a sparse showing this year I was astounded (yup-astounded) to discover that this was a record breaking Spring for a wildflower display…seems the drought roughs up the seeds and prepared them for germination and the Spring rains was all they need to explode. (thank you PBS for that bit of insight…stumbled upon a PBS show on Texas wildflowers one evening while channel surfing… more synchronicity ???)

Absolutely amazing show of color…even the Texas Longhorn – that uniquely Texan breed stemming from ancestors that were the first cattle to set foot on American soil almost 500 years ago – cooperated…always wanted to find them among the wildflowers for that “postcard” shot…

Even the cactus were blooming…what a show…

In addition to photographing the wildflowers, S and I took time to explore small towns like Driftwood that are just a spot on the road; or, Wimberly –full of galleries and shops and home to my favorite Texas photographer- Laurence Parent; and, Llano, Deer Capitol of Texas, and where, wanting to let everyone know it, they have several varied painted and delightfully decorated deer along the historic streets.

Unfortunately, we never got to the LBJ sites…got to save something for the next visit I guess….so many things to see…so little time…

Thanks for taking a look…hope you enjoy the gallery of this year’s stunning, colorful show of Mother Nature’s display…we’ll let the images do the talking…

See you down the road…

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  1. Those fields of flowers are magnificent, unfortunately I doubt we will ever be in Texas in April 🙁

    March 23, 2016

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