We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Maggie's Farm most lovely flower, Marianne, sends us this photo taken April 1, 2012 near Ennis, Texas. The Texas Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis) is the state flower of Texas. This part of the description is appropriate to Texas: "Bluebonnets cannot tolerate poorly drained, clay based soils." Roots cannot grow freely when constricted or drowned with limited ability to breath.
Scott and Jephnol ... I feel as if I'm sailing under false colors by not crediting the photographer. Mainly because I don't know who he or she is. I sent it to you all because it's such a beautiful image, the best picture of bluebonnets I've ever seen. The blue color in bluebonnets is particularly intense because it has an undertone of black, or navy blue. The only thing I wish is that the field had included patches of Indian paintbrush, a gorgeous orange wildflower which often occupies the same fields as the bluebonnet does.
Beautiful photo. The TX Department of Transportation has deposited flower seeds on roadsides, with definite consequences. It is a pleasure to drive TX highways in the spring.
One time I drove an aunt in rural OK to the OK City airport so we could fly to a wedding. We set out for the airport with plenty of time to spare, so I stopped the car a number of times to take photos of the flowers on the side of the road.
My aunt was more prosaic than I, as she asked me, "Why are you bothering to take these pictures?"