Wildflower fields abloom at Wildseed Farms

A wildflower photo safari is my springtime ritual, and I especially like to drive out to the Texas Hill Country to photograph wildflowers against the rugged hills, rocks, and prickly pear. This spring, thanks to a mild winter, Texas bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) are carpeting roadsides a few weeks early, so there was no time to lose if I wanted to see our state flower in its blue splendor.

Here’s what a field of bluebonnets looks like — sparkling blue heaven.

Unfortunately, while I saw plenty of bluebonnets along the roadsides from Spicewood to Llano, there was nowhere to safely pull over to photograph them, and I didn’t see any fields in bloom. Even scenic Willow City Loop off Highway 16 was downright sparse.

Happily, there’s always Wildseed Farms just east of Fredericksburg, where you can view farm fields of wildflowers, which they grow for their seed-selling operation. (Here’s my obligatory annual pickup truck-and-wildflowers picture.)

Right now Wildseed Farms has fields of bluebonnets and corn poppies in full flower.

Yesterday’s high winds made photographing the long-stemmed poppies challenging.

I always like spotting a few pink poppies amid the red ones.

I’ll leave you with a view of Enchanted Rock, which always deserves a detour if you’re driving Highway 16 north of Fredericksburg.

For my previous wildflower safaris, check out these blog posts:
Wildflower drive through the Texas Hill Country, March 2016
An Easter wildflower safari, April 2015
Wildflower safari in the Hill Country, April 2010
Texas wildflower Bloom Day, April 2010

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13 Responses

  1. Thank you for the ride along. The wildflowers are beautiful!

  2. Chris says:

    Yes, but I always think of corn poppies waving in the wind anyway.

  3. Robin says:

    I can’t tell you how much I enjoy this annual post! Swoon!

  4. Jenny says:

    I am disappointed to hear that things are not up to expectations on the Willow Loop. We were planning to drive out there this week. Wild seed farms does look spectacular though.

    • Pam/Digging says:

      I would try a different route than Willow City Loop, Jenny. I hear things are pretty good east toward Brenham, although maybe past peak for the bluebonnets. —Pam

  5. Just wow. I would love to see such fields.

  6. Melody McMahon says:

    Pam, I’ll have to forward this to Clair in NYC so she can remember her Texas roots! Thanks for the gorgeous photos!

  7. […] Many were in bloom during my visit a couple of weeks ago, when I stopped on the way to my Hill Country wildflower photo safari. […]

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