We know, we know … we’re all anxiously awaiting the 2012 bluebonnet season! Except for the Waller field and Ennis, the 2011 season was essentially a bust. Bluebonnets were scarce, and when you did stumble upon a field, they were just itty bitty little ones. But we can always hope and dream for a better tomorrow, can’t we? And while we’re at it — flat out pray for rain!
It’s human nature to look toward tomorrow and dream of something bigger and better and that’s what we’ve done here at Texas Bluebonnet Sightings! For those of you who were with us last year, you’ll notice big changes in how we report current bluebonnet sightings.
Texas Bluebonnet Sightings Reports by Region
First, we’ve broken down our bluebonnet sightings reports by region — state, city, and bluebonnet hotspot — whether those reports are sent to us directly or whether we gather them from the far reaches of the Twitterverse. Now, if you only want sightings from a particular area, you can find those reports super easy.
Don’t worry, though, if you’re wanting to keep up with all the bluebonnet action for the entire state of Texas. You can still do it all in one handy dandy central place on our statewide sightings page.
Sightings reports for a particular city are listed if they fall within a 60-mile radius. Reports for bluebonnet hotspots are a little different. Reports are listed if they fall within a 30-mile radius. Further details are listed on a city’s or hotspot’s particular page.
As said before, if you’re looking to get total coverage of all the bluebonnet sightings reported for the state of Texas, stick with our statewide sightings page. Or, if you’re looking to narrow down your bluebonnet hunt, click on the city or bluebonnet hotspot of your choice.
If a sighting report’s location falls within one or more city or bluebonnet hotspot regions, the report is listed in all regions that apply.
Bluebonnet Sightings Reported to Us
Sightings reports that are sent directly to us are the heart and soul of Texas Bluebonnet Sightings. A picture or video is worth a thousand words! It’s one thing for someone to tell you where bluebonnets are, but with today’s price of gas, pictures — especially videos — tell you whether a field is worth your time and money to go out and have a looky-loo.
These sightings reports are so important to us, that we take the effort to include a Google map with every report that is sent directly to us. If your camera or cell phone is GPS enabled, we’re able to gather the GPS coordinates from your photos and videos and that makes it possible for us to provide an exact location of your report. If your camera or cell phone isn’t GPS enabled, no worries, just give us a pretty good idea of the location when you make your report.
To make a bluebonnet sightings report, send your photos and videos (as many as you like at one time) to email@example.com.
For more information and the finer details on reporting your bluebonnet sightings, check out Got Bluebonnets?
Bluebonnet Sightings from the Twitterverse
We work really hard each bluebonnet season scouring different sources with the goal of passing on sightings information to our followers — and the Twitterverse is no exception.
In the past, we compiled bluebonnet tweets into one report a couple of times a week, and although it proved helpful, we weren’t able to provide it in as timely a manner as we desired. Well … things are different now! We not only figured out a way to streamline our Twitterverse harvest, but we’ve included those bluebonnet tweets onto the city and bluebonnet hotspot pages as well as the statewide page. The only caveat is, unlike last year, we won’t be able to provide a Google map for each bluebonnet tweet. It’s just too time consuming considering the nature of the beast.
Bluebonnet Sightings from Facebook
Need one central place to keep up with all the bluebonnet action? Become a member of our bluebonnet community on Facebook. We’re over 1,600 members strong and growing every day!
You won’t miss any of the action because we always provide links back to the full sightings reports, including pictures and maps, as well as sightings from our community members.
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