The legendary Texas Hill Country wildflowers are out in full force this year. A welcome change from the last two drought years. We took the long way around to our initial destination Friday before heading to the Blanco Lavender Festival and were rewarded with some memorable sights.
Even without bluebonnets the wildflowers are spectacular
Winecup, coreopsis, and (possibly) Blackfoot Daisy.
Another unidentified wildflower with native grasses
Scutellaria wrightii and coreopsis
This plant with the unusual pods is new to me. If you recognize this please chime in!
The backroad Hill Country is soooooo quiet. Imagine stopping to take photos and all you hear are the breeze and birds.
This rare cloudy day in June was welcome out here.
The clouds kept the temps in the low 80s and there was even a slight coolness in the shade. Water in the creeks has been a rare sight for the last two years
The buzzards began circling whenever we stopped for photos. Apparently they thought we were stuck without food or fuel. It is a long way to anything out here, I didn't check my phone but we may have been out of range.
No place to pull over so we left the car on the road to get out and take photos. We only encountered one other vehicle on this 16 mile stretch of road and that was the postman.
Cattle guards were in the road every mile or so. Watch out for cow pies!
This is a cool side gate for horses or moving livestock around the cattle guard
A long stretch of this road, probably about eight miles, is unpaved. We are just over an hour from San Antonio here and it feels like much farther.
More stunning views
And then "Your destination is on the left."
Where in the hill country are we? It's a special place which I'll share with you in another post very soon.