Sky Watch Friday: Wild Flowers

Spring time in Texas means wild flowers. Bluebonnets are my favorite wild flowers. In the spring time, Texas is not only green but bursting with blues, pinks, yellows and other colors. Since moving to Florida I have really missed the wild flowers. Last year I was able to go home in April and got to see the Bluebonnets. These are a few of the pictures I took on my trip. They were taken in a part of Hamilton County known as Blue Ridge. At one time Blue Ridge was a busy farming community with a school, store and church. My mom and grandparents grew up in the Blue Ridge Community. My husband and I were married in the Blue Ridge Church. My grandparents were also married in the church.

Looking towards Granny\'s farm

Taken between my grandparents’ farm and the church overlooking the Stribling (great-grandmother’s family) place.

Mama Crain & Grandaddy\'s farm

Taken near my grandparents’ farm.

Bluebonnets in front of Blueridge Church

Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas.

Bluebonnet

Hope you enjoyed these snapshots of the Texas.

The Legend of the Bluebonnet

The Texas fields are covered
With a blanket of deep blue.
But for a little Indian girl,
This would not be true.

Texas land was buried and dry.
Rains just would not come.
Indians danced and prayed for rain,
And beat upon their drums.

The Chief made a proclamation.He appealed to one and all.
A prized possession must be sacrificed
Before the rains would fall.

The Indian camp was silent,
While each person searched his heart.
But when it came to sacrifice,
With possessions they would not part.

Suddenly a little girl stepped forth,
Holding her blue-clad doll.
She placed it in the roaring fire
and raindrops began to fall.

The rain brought forth the grass,
Among its blades, flowers of blue.
To be a sign for all the time
Of a love so pure and true.

Read more about the Legend of the Bluebonnet.

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37 comments

  1. Dee, oh look at those against the sky. And, the close ups are a gift. Here in MT only the most hardy are blooming right now and that’s very few. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  2. great catch! In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west, the people create distinctions out of their own minds and then beleive them to be true…. mine’s up too hope you can drop by

  3. Thank you for joining in with Sky Watch this week.. I like all these pictures and your ‘Bluebonnets’ are beautiful… I am glad you shared these special pictures with us..
    Tom

  4. Pernille: The blue flowers are Bluebonnets also known as Buffalo Clover. It is the state flower of Texas. You can read the legend of the Blue Bonnet here.

    EG: I’ve heard this year’s aren’t as good as last years. Don’t know since I haven’t been back to Texas this spring.

  5. I’ve always wanted to see what a blue bonnet looked like. This is a nice juxtaposition of the blue flowers against the blue sky. Beautiful.

  6. That’s great Dee! I love all the photos and the blue bonnets are great. Love that you added the legend too…

  7. Texans LOVE Bluebonnets!

    They are georgeous intermingled with red Indian Paintbrushes and white dasies.

    Add some sprigs of honeysuckle for a fragrant bouquet.

    On May Day (May 1) Grannie and I would go wild-flower-picking to fill the “flower baskets” I made using a pattern from our school art book and one sheet of notebook paper for each basket.

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