“No one knows what causes an outer landscape to become an inner one.” – Margaret Atwood
Catch ‘em While You Can
I drove from Dallas to Austin this past Thursday to attend the Story Circle Network’s Stories from the Heart memoir conference. The bluebonnets alongside the road on my I-35 and toll road 130 route were magnificent.
On Sunday, after a fantastic few days of association with like-minded writer women, I made the return trip — and the bluebonnets were even more abundant and just as magnificent.
How could anyone not like bluebonnets?
They were named bluebonnets because someone thought they looked like the bonnets worn by pioneer women.
Texas’ singing cowboy “Pappy” O’Daniel, who became governor of the state when I was 2 years old, sang: “you may be on the plains or the mountains or down where the sea breezes blow, but bluebonnets are one of the prime factors that make the state the most beautiful land that we know.”
Did you catch that Texas pride there? I have to admit it’s something I share.
If you were a native Texan, like me, and saw the fields of bluebonnets I’ve seen this past week, you would understand. .
This is a really good year for bluebonnets, which require special conditions of rain, sun and cold, to bloom at their best. But the fields of blue are short-lived.
So if you can, catch them soon.
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