Strength and Beauty

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Every year, around the end of March in our part of the state, the bluebonnets start popping up.  On the sides of the highways, in state parks, in wide open fields.  They grow everywhere.

Bluebonnets 2014-4

It’s become one of our family traditions to go out and wander through the fields.  Naturally, I always remember to bring my camera along.

Bluebonnets 2014And sometimes, the kids grab my camera and take pictures of me…   Bluebonnets 2014-2(The photo above was taken by my son last year, when he was 8.)

Bluebonnets 2014-3(And not to be outdone by her brother, my then 5-year-old daughter took this one shortly after…)

The bluebonnet was chosen as the Texas state flower way back in 1901.  As historian Jack Maguire so aptly wrote, “It’s not only the state flower but also a kind of floral trademark almost as well known to outsiders as cowboy boots and the Stetson hat.” He goes on to affirm that “The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland.”

Bluebonnets 2013 As beautiful as the flowers are, I am also fascinated by their seeds.  They look like tiny multi-colored pebbles.

Bluebonnets 2015

Nature has structured them in such a way that only a small percentage of the seeds germinate during the first season after planting. This delayed germination ensures species survival during periods of less-than-ideal growing conditions such as prolonged drought.  Bluebonnet seeds are resilient.  They are patient.  And when they finally bloom they are delicately beautiful.

Bluebonnets 2015-2

Wishing you strength and beauty combined.  –Angie


  1. HOW LOVELY, Angie! I was actually just looking through some of my blossom photos, and thinking what a tradition blossom-hunting has become for me every year. I would love to see these Texas blue bonnets one day!

    • Isn’t it funny how quickly something becomes tradition? It just sort-of happened for us. Now I look forward to it every year. It’s always between late March and early April when they bloom. And the weather down here is usually wonderful during those months before it gets too hot!

  2. Angie! This is stunning!!! And it looks like the kiddos are following along in mom’s footsteps! I adore that final photo of you! Just love it!

  3. Seriously, that photo at the top? So gloriously pretty, Angie! And I love that your kids are involved in taking the photos too. What a wonderful tradition.

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