Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bluebonnets, But which one?

    It has been a long time since I have seen this in my area.  Last year and much of the last decade this sandy field was almost barren. This was once a watermelon/sweet potato field up to the 70's, and it is just down the road from me, its sandy soil does not hold water very long. Note the dead trees in the background.   The December rains made for a huge difference.  The blue flowers are Bluebonnets (a native Lupine), however these are just one of the 6 similar species recognized as the state flower.  This the Sandy Land Bluebonnet is a  species found east of the escarpment on sandy soils  These were photographed near Utley, in Bastrop County
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