This website is a labor of love. I might not have been born in Texas, but I moved there as fast as I could. And with that, I became an ardent lover of Texas Bluebonnets. I no longer live in Texas, and although we have the Cherry Blossoms to herald spring here in Washington, DC, it’s nothing like a field of bluebonnets washing over the rolling hills of Central Texas. I sorely miss springtime in Texas and I miss it even more when my mother gives me the “Bluebonnet Report” during our weekly phone calls.
This longing to see my beloved bluebonnets caused me to think about how I could get reports of bluebonnet sightings that were more visual than the traditional forum posts and tapped into today’s social media tools — even while I sat at my computer in Washington, DC. I thought and thought and the result of all that thinking is this website. My hope is that you’ll help me, and every other transplanted Texan, as well as those currently living in the state, fill that little void in our hearts and share your sightings of Texas Bluebonnets each and every spring.
Go ahead and explore my website. Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of sweet iced tea and stay a spell. There’s not only the Current Sightings page but other pages telling some interesting history and facts about the Texas Bluebonnet. Be sure to return time and again as I’ll be adding more and more content even after this year’s bluebonnet season has passed.
Want to make your first report right now? Be sure to get the finer details on making reports in Got bluebonnets? Report your Texas Bluebonnet Sightings!
Looking for that bodacious bluebonnet field before heading out on your flower hunting road trip? Check out how to receive location reports — geotagged photos and videos — on your home computer or on your cell phone while on the road in Need bluebonnets? Get Reports of Texas Bluebonnet Sightings!
Don’t know your Texas wildflowers? Be sure to brush up on your flower identification skills by learning the common wildflowers hanging out in Texas bluebonnet fields. You can learn about the flashy Indian Paintbrush or the unassuming Pink Evening Primrose in Can’t Keep’em Separated.
And as all Texans know, when it comes to choosing a symbol that represents the Texan mindset, we all know a big fuss will be involved. Discover the long and controversial history of the bluebonnet becoming the official state flower of Texas in Couldn’t Make Up Our Minds.
Have you seen or heard about the different colored bluebonnets? “What?” you ask. “There are colors other than blue?” That’s right. Texas bluebonnets now come in a range of colors from white to pink to maroon and lavender. Learn the history of the rainbow of colors that were lurking beneath the surface until an Aggie from Tennessee “… showed us the rainbow, hidden by God’s hand.“¹ Be sure to read Red, White, and Blue Bluebonnets? for this fascinating story.
And if you just can’t get your fix of beautiful bluebonnet pictures, be sure to check out our Bluebonnet Wall of Fame. You’ll see amazing photographs from some of our favorite photographers. Be sure to click on the links to their portfolios for more examples of their work.
As the bluebonnet season fast approaches, I’d like for you to consider becoming a part of this community of bluebonnet lovers. I created this website so everyone could share his or her thoughts, photos, and videos of the bluebonnet fields we discover along the way. I’ve made sharing reports of bluebonnet sightings as simple as whipping out your cell phone in the middle of a field, snapping a picture, and sending an e-mail. No more waiting until you get home to report your sightings and upload your pictures. You can do it in the field and on the fly — real-time and geotagged!
I welcome all positive and constructive feedback about this website. If there’s information you feel I should add or any questions you’d like to ask, please drop me a line. I especially value everyone’s feedback on their experiences reporting and receiving updates of bluebonnet sightings. I hope you enjoy my website and you’ll return again and again. I hope it becomes your next “one-stop” website for all things Texas Bluebonnets.
So what does the bluebonnet mean to you? This season as you’re standing in a field awash with a sea of blue that stretches as far as the eye can see, take a deep breath, relax, soak in the vision before you, and take a moment to reflect on your love affair with the Texas Bluebonnet.
With the warmest regards,
¹ Taken from the poem, “Bluebonnet Colors” by Mrs. Paul Steigerwald of La Pryor, Texas.