Hill Country Flowers

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Lady Bird Johnson was the wife of president Lyndon B. Johnson, who was born in Johnson City, west of Austin. As First Lady she promoted the Highway Beautification Act, and in 1982, together with actress Helen Hayes, she founded the National Wildlife Research Center, a few miles from our home in southwest Austin.

The past few years we had a severe drought in Texas, and last spring there were hardly any wildflowers to speak of. But this spring we have had quite a bit of rain, and the wildflowers were back in full force.

When Ladybird Johnson promoted the preservation of wildflowers, there were apparently hardly any wildflowers left along Texas highways. So we can thank her for the spectacular spring scenery here in the Texas Hill Country.

I took all these photos along highway 290, between Dripping Springs and Fredericksburg.

2 responses to “Hill Country Flowers

  1. I love the photos! Did I mention that I used to live in Austin? For most of the 1990s. One of the last things I did before I left was drive out to Fredericksburg and Enchanted Rock with friends. Pretty country. I miss the blue bonnets in the spring.


    • Yes, I figured you did from something you mentioned once in a post. There are so many awesome places here, and it’s so beautiful. I’ve lived here for five years now, but sometimes it still feels like I’m here on vacation.


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