Saturday, April 2, 2011

B is for Blue Bonnets...

   This time of year is a special time for Texans. It is time the bluebonnets and other wildflowers put on a spectacular show. The show is free. Everyone is invited and it can be seen on roadsides all around the state.

A field of Bluebonnets beside Texas State High...Image via Wikipedia

   There are pictures going back generations of Texas families and children posed in the middle of a field of blue. These road trips are still made today. Drive any highway in Texas and you will find cars on the side of the road next to the bluebonnets with cameras out.

Lupinus texensis (Texas bluebonnet) #23171

   In honor of this annual event, I am posting the poem the Legend of the Bluebonnet. Enjoy...

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.

Author Unknown

Lupinus texensis (Texas bluebonnet) #23168

   If you would like to see more of these beautiful flowers check out the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center here.

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Charmaine Clancy said...

very pretty pics :)

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The Words Crafter said...

What a beautiful poem! And I love those flowers. There's a house close to where I live that has a multitude of purple flowers and you can always see cars pulled over and pictures being taken, often with children posed in the middle :)

Rhonda @Laugh Quotes said...

The bluebonnets make such lovely photos. Thanks for sharing them, and the poem.

Theres just life said...

Thank you Charmaine for stopping by. Bluebonnets always make for good pictures, don't they.
Hi W.C., No one can resist children and flowers.
Hi Rhonda, You are very welcome. Love your site.

Laura Eno said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the story and photos.

Theres just life said...

Thank you Laura, I love bluebonnets.

Julie Flanders said...

What beautiful photos! And a lovely poem as well. Great post! :)

Jo Schaffer said...

Great "B" post! What a beautiful flower!

Anonymous said...

WOW...aren't those Blue bonnets beautiful. Texas is on my "someday" list. Lovely. Thanks for stopping by my blog on the A-Z challenge!!!

Theres just life said...

Hi Jo Thanks for stopping by. They are beautiful aren't they. By the way love your name.
Hi Toll house Cookie, I like that name. Come on down. Texas will welcome you with open arms.
Hi Julie, Thank you very much for the comment and the visit.

RaShelle said...

Love the pics. Very beautiful. =D

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, what a gorgeous legend! I love that! In Oregon there are blue fields but they are Bachelor Buttons... In Michigan there are no flowers at all except the first week in May when they all bloom at once. Such is the joy of Lake Effect weather. *grumbles*

Giggle, Laugh, Cry said...

Love the pics!
Just stopped by from the A-Z Challenge!!

Sommer Leigh said...

Lovely pictures :-)

L'Aussie said...

Hi Pamela Jo. I'd never heard of blue bonnets (I was thinking you were posting about Amish or Quakers) but they are truly beautiful. Lovely poem.


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Ellie said...

Stunning pictures and poem!

Kristine Asselin said...

Oh, it feels like spring! If only I lived in Texas... :) Have a wonderful day!

TexaGermaNadian said...

Perfect choice for the letter B and Texas :) Thanks for stopping by my site earlier, always good to hear from a fellow Texan and an Astros fan at that! :)

Jen Daiker said...

I've lived in Houston for 3 years and every year I hear about these blue bonnets! I really need to get out there. The pictures take my breath away!!!

I'm stopping in to welcome you to the A to Z blogging challenge. I do hope you'll stop by and say hello! We're also having fun on twitter (I'm @jenunedited and we're at #atozchallenge)!

Thomasina said...

Love this post. The pics are beautiful, and I'm so jealous that flowers have already bloomed in your neck of the woods!
Happy A-Z, and thanks for the comment you left on my blog.

Theres just life said...

Oops my bad. I haven't welcomed all the cementers to my blog. Sorry my only excuses is I am trying to think of something for D.
Here goes...
RaShelle thank you I just wish I had taken them.
Hart I am sorry the Lake Effect weather prevents you from seeing them in the petal (they don't have flesh) I bet the Bachelor Buttons are beautiful.
Giggle, Laugh, Cry thanks for stopping by, and thank you for giving me an idea for my C post.
Sommer thank you.
Denise I don't know any Amish but I do respect their lives. I could never live without electricity. I would be able to plug in the PC. So can't wait to see where we are going for C.
Ellie thank you very much.
Kristine come on over. You are always welcome.
TCN thank you for coming by. Astros all the way. Gotta love em.
Jen thank you for the twitter link. I just followed it and you.
Thomasina you are welcome. Spring will is on her way north. I'll see if I can give her a push to hurry.

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