It’s true that much of Texas is flat and lacking in the tree department. But the Lone Star State isn’t without natural beauty. Every spring in grassy fields around Texas, wildflowers called bluebonnets bloom in profusion. The bluebonnet is endemic to Texas and the state flower of Texas . Ennis, a little town 30 miles southeast of Dallas with Czech immigrant roots, is the self-proclaimed capital of the blue bonnet spectacle. I visited Ennis during the peak of the bluebonnet frenzy.
My first stop in Ennis was at the town’s quaint Convention and Visitor’s Center. A pleasant volunteer told me about the Bluebonnet Trails, a number of roadway circuits that pass by fields heavy with the little blue lupines. I was given a map of the trails, and off I went.
I drove all of the trails, three in total. Little blue signs on the roadside pointed the way. I drove passed pastoral landscapes tinged blue by the wildflowers. All the fields were a little different. In one field stood a few trees, casting round, lonely shadows under the bright sky. In another field were large, round bales of hay, arranged in patterns that caught the eye and provoked some sense of wonder. The brightness of the day made for great pictures.