Friday, April 20, 2012

Texas Bluebonnets

As the warm breezes start to blow across the Lone Star State, moms and dads alike start scrambling for the chance to plunk their children down in the middle of a bluebonnet field for pictures. When I first moved to Texas 12 years ago I remember my first sight of one such occurrence on my way to work. I couldn't imagine what these people were thinking, pulling over on a busy freeway and allowing their children to run amok so close to the road. Fast forward 10 years and I found myself on a steep hillside right along Spring Creek Parkway in Plano making goofy faces at my girls while my photographer friend (Whitney Pacheco) snapped away pictures one after another. 

This year, I was fortunate enough to receive a tip on a much safer and absolutely stunning field of bluebonnets (Thanks, Jodi!). In front of JC Penny Headquarters off of Legacy Drive in Plano is the most breathtaking display of these tiny marvels that I have ever seen. The scent of them "en masse" is a mixture of citrus, lilac and grape, and was truly intoxicating. 

I made three trips out to this field this spring and found myself giddy with anticipation each time. You see... It's quite difficult to be unhappy doing something you love while surrounded by such splendor.  Enjoy!

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