9 images. Cee says, “This week’s topic is Happy. Anything in this world that makes you feel happy or smile is allowed in this series. It could be a beautiful land or seascape to a close up of a flower… Show off your photos of things that make you happy.”
On Saturday, I was happy to get up in the early morning and very happy to hop into our car for a wildflower field trip .
We saw endless colorful wildflower on both sides of the road. the beautiful scene lasted for a couple of hours while we were driving; it goes much further.
Indian paintbrush flowers were on fire.
Bluebonnet is Texas State flower. This spring we didn’t get to see a sea of Bluebonnets as we did the past few years; they showed up a few weeks early this year.
Wildflowers in Texas have made millions of people smile during spring, every spring. 🙂
Spring celebrations begins with 2-week Music Conference/Festival in March in Austin. In April, Hill Country towns/cities are packed with traditional events, bluebonnet festival, art and craft shows, music events, rodeo shows, and parades. The 10-day Fiesta in San Antonio in April rocks the entire city. It’s a happy time. 🙂
Thanks to Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson’s great vision and effort of beautifying Texas roads and highways with the wildflowers.
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.
Mrs. Johnson then opened her beautiful wildflower field to the public and loved to greet tour buses. When asked if she minded the intrusion of the tourists, she said, “No, not in the least. I’ve had a long, satisfying love affair with general public. Lyndon gave me that.”
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.