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ALBINO BLUEBONNETS? BLUEBONNETS IN THE SNOW?:  Right on both counts.  Albino Bluebonnets are about as rare as -- well --  albino Bluebonnets.  Another photo of Bluebonnets in the snow is probably non existant.

The Bluebonnet Trail
Story & Photos by IRA KENNEDY

If you're new to Texas there's even odds you don't know about the Bluebonnet Trail yet. 
That's okay.  There are a few slackers in New York City who haven't set foot on the Staten Island Ferry. 

New Yorkers can speak for themselves.  But in Texas, along with death, taxes and the Alamo there are two events you must experience  -- or at least accept  --  deer hunting and the Bluebonnet Trail. 


 

Please understand,  there are no experts on Bluebonnets. That's like claiming to know all there is about womenfolk, teenagers or the stock market.   They're forces of nature -- inclined to whim, chance and opportunity --  and all men can do is wear camoflague and pretend to be parcicipating.  
       Anyway, after decades as a feature writer for Hill Country publications, I have churned out more than my share of articles on the subject, so any comparison between myself and an "authority" may have some veracity. 
       ( Veracity.  Thats a fancy word intended to imply that I'm a right smart feller, and if I can use it in a sentence I might just know a thing or two.  I ain't gonna disuade you from that notion; besides I'm assuming you're a grown-up and if you rely on my opinion youre on your own.  If for any reason you feel deceived, all threats of litigation should not be sent to Texas Monthly Magazine.  They have at least one lawyer what thinks you might confuse this lunacy with their high-toned literary endeavor.  Personally, I give you a little more credit.)

       Oh, jeez, were was I? Oh yea, the Bluebonnet Trail...
      For years it was my task as a journalist and a "film location person" to predict if we were going to have a good season and, even under the worst of conditions, where the most abundant Bluebonnet fields could be located.   One year I had the audacity to suggest that, given the drought, warm winter and such, folks would have better luck seeing Bluebonnets in their photo album.
       Next thing I knew phone calls started coming letting me know that a suit of tar and feathers was one-size-fits-all. But since they weren't inclined to waste any raw materials on a five-foot-six loud-mouth I might want to come in for a fitting.
       It was too late for a retracraction so I just moved to the next county.  Ever since I've been conservative in my preditions.  That's to say my comments were crafted to keep everyone happy while conceiling the truth one way or the other.
       All that said,  I'm going out on a strong limb and predict this year will be one of the best Bluebonnet seasons on record.
       Last month I wrote about the prime conditions for The Event so I'll skip all that and ramble on about other topics.

       Generally, the prime months are March, April, and May, with bluebonnets at their peak in April.  Even after the Bluebonnets go to seed and fade away there are still plenty of wildflowers remaining to justify another road trip.
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PAGE 1:  THE TRAIL  PAGE 2: BACKGROUND
PAGE 3:  ROUTES /  PAGE 4:  PRECAUTIONS   /  MAP


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