Spring came all too early this year. Along with our warmer than usual temps, bluebonnets sprang forth from the earth in hurried fashion. This is typically a phenomenon we enjoy around mid to late April. Not this year! Mother Nature had a mind of her own.
One of my favorite spots to go is out east of Lake Lavon. The bluebonnets are always plentiful. It is a public park. AND if I pay attention I can get there before too many paths are made amongst these beauties. Additionally, there is insect a plenty. Typically I see ladybugs. However not near as many this year as in the past. So unfortunately I was unable to capture the contrasting red bug on the blue flower. Did you know there are actually 5 naturally occuring varieties of this gorgeous flower. Most common is Lupinus Texensis, which is loved by many tourists, and photographers.
On this particular day I ventured not once but twice to this favorite spot of mine. Once in the morning, and went back with my daughter in tow in the afternoon. Morning light was so overcast that I was not fully satisfied with my images. This park is nestled next to an old cemetary that still has open plots available today. Call me morbid, but cemetaries are highly interesting places to walk. This one in particular is so old that it has a number of unmarked gravesites. Most likely poor or slaves that were buried here many years ago, and the familes just didn't have the money to place a marker on the grave. Some time ago the graves were determined in location and marked with small white wooden crosses that read "Only God Knows". So sad to think that these were people that someone loved, and now no one but God knows who they are.
But, cheery me can't leave you with a sad image. So, I have to share one fun pic. Some of you know my daughter, Grace. She is completely and entirely my "mini-me". She is a funny, loving free spirit. She is independent, and often stubborn. How about that?! Apple-her; Tree-me! I'll share fun photos of her from time to time because, well she is with me almost all the time, and she is the light of my life besides my awesome hubby, and super dog, and well even my stubborn cat is cool too. But I digress. When we went back in the afternoon seeking better light, I was able to capture the following. This is my "mini-me" learning how to be a proper country girl. This was after she stated she was afraid of both the bees, and the ladybugs. Good thing I didn't mention watching out for snakes. Le Sigh! She makes me smile!
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