This is why Texas is better than your state.
The title of today’s post came from something I saw on Twitter from local San Antonio resident Jordan Ghawi. I had planned on writing a post about the wildflowers, but when I saw his tweet, I had to borrow the title.
Texas wildflowers are a source of great pride for Texans and residents of San Antonio. Each spring, the sides of our roadways explode with color for several weeks. Blues, yellows, purples, whites, pinks – there’s hardly a patch of ground that doesn’t seem affected by the burst of springtime. As they start to poke up from the ground, a sense of excitement builds over the wildflowers, and it’s not uncommon to see stretches of highway with cars parked or idling along the shoulder as people take photos of the scenery.
In large part because of Lady Bird Johnson’s conservation efforts, our highways are a little more scenic than the average highway in the United States. A simple idea that truly makes Texas a great place to live, the wildflowers have become a serious source of pride for Texans (and Texans are a proud bunch to begin with).
Next time you’re out taking a drive in Texas during the Spring, look to the side of the road and you will more than likely see them. Catch them at the right time and you won’t be able to miss the wildflowers. This past week has seen the fields of green start to change colors daily – starting with the blue bonnets (the Texas state flower), the colors have begun to shift to the yellows, whites, and pinks and on some roads (FM 2252/Nacogdoches just north of 1604 is an excellent example), whole fields take on a colored glow that almost makes the grass look like it has been painted by a Claude Monet.
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