• Kaitlin Baylie

Bluebonnets, Poppies, and Primroses, oh my!

Updated: May 4, 2019

   It's that time of year again when the Texas Hill Country awakens from its wintry slumber and blossoms into a bouquet of the finest wildflowers you'll ever see. I, in particular, look forward to this short period of beauty all year long. Unfortunately, however, like many good things, they must inevitably come to an end. So, in order to capture it, time is of the essence. The bluebonnets and the poppies themselves only last three weeks or so, four at the most if you're lucky. The other wildflowers fortunately last longer, i.e. pink evening primrose, Indian paintbrush, verbena, Indian blanket, etc. The list goes on and on. The biodiversity here in Texas is as stunning as it is diverse. A naturalist would practically have aneurysm over all that central TX has to offer. I could completely understand this extreme reaction being a nature lover myself.

   For as long as I can remember, I have been in love with nature in all of its forms, flora and fauna alike. I will admit, however, I do have a certain bias and weakness for wildflowers. As soon as I spot them popping up anywhere and everywhere, especially along the highways, I grab my camera and head out. I shoot as many photos as my camera can possibly handle because I know in a week or so they'll be gone without a trace. And that, I think, is what makes them all the more precious. If they were around all the time they wouldn't necessarily be as special now, would they?

Between you and me, dear reader, nature is (obviously) my favorite subject to shoot. (But don't tell my German Shepherd that! He gets jealous.) Mainly due to the quiet beauty of nature, but also mainly due to the fact that nature doesn't complain. Especially not if you want to take one photo after another, after another, after another. It's actually quite hard to stop when faced with such a gorgeous and dynamic subject.

As I am writing this the bluebonnets have already been gone for about a week or so. It's sad to see them go but that's nature's way. It's not a total loss, though. I still have the memories and photographs to keep their blooms alive year-round. Plus, there are more wildflowers to sprout in the months to come that I am keen to view. The prickly pear cacti, for example, have begun unveiling their flowers in technicolor yellows, reds, oranges, and hot pinks. I haven't captured their vividness on film yet, but am very eager to do so!

Until next time, stay artsy my friends!

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