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Bluebonnets On Parade!
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Saturday, March 24, 2012

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A girl visiting from Louisiana sees her very first Texas Bluebonnets, which are the state flower of Texas.

Image of Texas Bluebonnets (c) 2012, by Karla Dorman.

I had never seen a Texas bluebonnet up until just yesterday.  We were going down the highway, headed towards Austin, to see my Auntie, when we saw scads of brilliant dark blue flowers lining up along the roadside.  When I asked what they were, Maman told me they were Texas Bluebonnets.

They were so deep blue they nearly looked purple.  They looked like tiny ladie's bonnets and there were so many the fields looked blue instead of green!  Interspersed among the sea of blue were red, pink, and white.  When I asked Maman what they were, she simply said, "Texas Blues". 

I looked at her real strange because some of these flowers were clearly not blue.  I asked her, "Shouldn't they be called Texas pink, red, or white bonnets instead?"  She said, "No; they are still known as Texas Bluebonnets.  Don't know why, but that's just the way it is.  But I do know this: the white ones are albino, or lacking pigment, or color.  That is why they are white instead, but they are still called bluebonnets."

I was so excited at seeing these stunning blue flowers that I wanted Maman to take our picture amongst them.  She had Papa pull alongside the road while we kids tumbled out and posed among the flowers, where soon frenzied laughing and camera picture taking commenced.  She then had us pile back into the van and we continued our trip down to Austin.  She warned us not to pick them; we could get into big-time trouble if we did.  They were the state flower and they were not to be picked or stepped on.

The further south we went, the more plentiful the bluebonnets became.  One thing is for certain: I wish we had them in Louisiana; they were among the prettiest flowers I had ever had the pleasure of laying my eyes upon!

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Reviewed by Paul Berube 3/26/2012
Very nicely done, Karen.
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 3/25/2012
Beautiful story, Karen. I remember flying into San diego for the first time where the hills were pink with wild growing ground cover and was so lovely that my wife and I fell in love with San Diego immediately... Actually, the color of the hills aside, it is very easy to fall in love with San Diego.
As always, great writing.
Your friend from Southern California: Mark
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 3/24/2012
Great story here, thank you for sharing, beautiful pic!!!
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/24/2012
They ARE beautiful, aren't they? TOLD you they would be. Glad to see you got to experience your very first Texas Blues! =] Excellent story, Karen, well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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