Monday, March 27, 2006

Texas Wildflowers

Texas is famous for its spring wildflowers, and early April is a prime time to see them. The Austin/Travis county area has some good places to see wildflowers, including (I am told) Route 290, Interstate 35, and Route 360. Wildflower tourism has become so popular that the Texas Department of Transportation maintains a wildflower hotspots information web page and wildflower hotline (800-452-9292, option 2). Private listings of wildflower sightings are also available.

In addition, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which is in Austin, has sixteen gardens (including a garden designed to attract and support butterflies), which are seeded with Texas wildflowers such as the famous Texas bluebonnet. SWALL's annual meeting coincides with the Center's annual wildflower days festival and spring plant sale. During this time, the Center also offers a reduced admission fee and extended operating hours.

As a newcomer to Texas and amateur photographer, I am definitely planning to get out and take a look.

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