Bluebonnet fields near Denison Dam, Sherman, Texas, USA.
HDR – 3 shots – tripod
Proclaimed the state flower in 1901
Texas State Wildflower Day is celebrated every April 24
Burnet, Texas calls itself the “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas” and hosts an annual Bluebonnet Festival the 2nd week in April
Bluebonnet Trivia: It’s also known as buffalo clover, wolf flower (from the Latin Lupinus) and el conejo (the rabbit)
While most sources currently list Lupinus texensis as the Texas State Flower, the state government expanded the definition in 1971 to include all native species of bluebonnets. Good thing, because the largely indistinguishable varieties of the beautiful blue flower blanket most of central Texas for much of the spring. Picking out which ones to honor might be a little tough for an amateur. But the two main species, Lupinus texensis and Lupinus subcarnosis grow only in Texas, earning the bluebonnet’s recognition as the state flower.
This area is very meaningful to me as it is the first place I ever saw a Texas bluebonnet. I go back each year to try to capture the beauty of these fields of bluebonnets.