Monday Walk: Texas Countryside

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When Texas wildflowers stretching from roadsides to the sides of highways, it transforms the landscape, literally.  Almost everyone is out in a field to snap the breathtaking scene. There are several wildflower websites providing daily reports of where the best sightings are.

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Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson advocated wildflower landscapes, “because it can help us save water, wildflowers can save time and maintenance money.” She said. On December 22, 1982, her 70 years old birthday, Mrs. Johnson and Helen Hayes established a National Wild Flower Research Center to preserve the diminishing wild flowers and native plants. She also donated 60 acres of land and a lump sum of money for research. Today, we can enjoy acres of acres of wildflowers in many parts of Texas.

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In 1993, Mrs. Johnson was legally blind; she lost her joy of seeing wildflowers. In 2002, she had a stroke and could no longer speak. On July 11th, 2007, Mrs. Johnson passed away.  She was 94 years old.

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One of the wildflower viewing rules is “Don’t trample or pick the wildflowers.” These wildflowers are annuals, meaning they need to produce seed to come back in following years.

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Mrs. Johnson, as the First Lady, began her campaign to beautify America. The Highway Beautification Act became a law in 1965. She wanted the America we see from highways is a beautiful America.

Mrs. Johnson was the first one in history who made a solo railroad electioneering tour for her husband. During her railroad trip, she was threatened by bombs because she was championing for the justice for the poor and advancing Civil Rights. She continued. “Mrs. Johnson traveled through eight Southern states in her own train to promote the Civil Rights Act, at one point giving 45 speeches over five days.” ~ Wikipedia

Ladybird in the Flowers

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Thank you, Mrs. Johnson.

Mrs. Johnson

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 Thank you for reading. Enjoy the week!

86 thoughts on “Monday Walk: Texas Countryside

    • I hope you do,there are so many sites across Texas for wildflowers.I hope to visit the Hill Country this weekend. Thank you for reading, Ingrid. 🙂

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  1. A lovely Monday walk with plenty of sensitivities Amy Deae!Fabulous your photos and great the tribute to Mrs.Johnson!Thanks to her and to the National Wild Flower Research Center,nature lovers feel more responsible for the protection of our natural treasures!I particularly appreciated the info concerning the wild flowers;we proudly pick them ignoring the detrimental consequences.Thank you so much for your insightful Monday Walk 🙂 ❤ xxx

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    • I tried to recognized Mrs. Johnson’s contributions this time of the year. So many people still don’t know. But, she had the vision for the environment back in 60s! Thank you so much for reading, Doda Dear!! ❤

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  2. I just can’t resist myself asking this one, pls forgive but which camera and lens do you use Amy? Such wonderful pics, excellent results, unbelievable clarity…..I mean of course your talent produce these results and camera has very less role to play still felt like asking.

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    • My is Canon eos 28-135 mm lens. A young co-worker who recommended. I learned from a book that for photographing flowers, overcast weather is the best. I took these shots yesterday, it was foggy in the early morning, then was overcast for a few hours. I thought I was lucky. 🙂

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  3. Wonderful pictures, Amy! Thanks for sharing. Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out this year for me to drive around taking pictures of wirdflowers, and by now most of them have gone. Thus, I’ll have to hope for next year.
    Have a great week,
    Pit

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    • It really wasn’t difficult to take good photos out in the field, and it was a perfect day to take photos of flowers, no sun. 🙂 Your comment made me smile 🙂 Thank you, Sue!

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  4. I didn’t know about Mrs. Johnson, this woman was amazing and incredible indeed ! I agree, in addition to be beautiful, wildflowers are so important for the ecosystem. Thanks for sharing this ! I wish you a nice day 🙂

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  5. Yes, we have Mrs. Johnson to thank for many of the wildflowers along our highways. I did not know about her solo train trip! We will be going to the Hill Country next month and hope some flowers are still blooming. Thanks for the Earth Day visit to my blog! Cheers!

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  6. What a wonderfully inspirational woman Mrs Ladybird Johnson was, what interesting facts I learned about her from you. I had no idea about the wildflowers, what a great legacy she left behind in more ways that one. She was ahead of her time, the thinking here in the UK is to make sure to let the wildflowers grow to their heart’s content on verges everywhere as they used to do when I was a child. They are so beautiful to see and yours in Texas must be a sight to behold. Love this post, thank you so much Amy 🙂

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  7. What a legacy to leave behind. Definitely, Thank you Mrs. Johnston. Thank you, Amy for introducing her to us. BTW the third photo would be a good gravatar! Cheers. Perpetua

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    • Sure, please do. I didn’t where to link to. 🙂 I could let the Monday Walk go by last week because of these wildflowers. 🙂 Have an enjoyable trip.

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