Bluebonnets! Yar, its bluebonnet time in Texas! As you might know the bluebonnet is the official state flower so what better way to celebrate our states flower than to go on a ride to see them!
Here is a bit of history behind the bluebonnet. The bluebonnet was designated the official state flower of Texas in 1901. Also called buffalo clover, wolf flower, and el conejo (spanish for “the rabbit”), bluebonnets are to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland. Texas has also designated an official bluebonnet city (Ennis, Texas), a festival (Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival), and bluebonnet trail (also in Ennis which we rode). The bluebonnet flower is named for the color and sunbonnet-shaped petals.
The peak blooming time for these extraordinary flowers is late March through mid-April. This year has been unseasonably cool later into the year so we didn’t quite get the full bloom on the ride but it was good none the less! Riding up on large patches and fields full of the flowers brought color, fragrance, ooohs and aaahs. We rode the Ennis Bluebonnet Trail and made quite a few stops to take photographs and play in the flowers. The ride ended in Ennis, TX where a bluebonnet festival and an antique car show was taking place.
Margaret took some pictures while we were riding this time since we weren’t going at high speeds. As usual I got some video as well. Media wise we captured a LOT. It can be difficult trying to decide what to post and leave out. This time since there was so much good viewing I did a slide show and video of the ride.
A big thanks and thumbs up to Randy and Windell for the planning, pre-riding the route, and leadership on the ride. All went smoothly and without issue.
It was a perfect day.