One of the strongest traditions for many families in the State of Texas is the annual pilgrimage to see and take pictures of the Bluebonnets. Bluebonnet blooms are a sign that winter is closing down and spring is here. The state plants seeds along highways, so the bluebonnet blooms can be enjoyed by everyone, even people heading to work along MOPAC (Highway 1) in Austin. In a good year, fields can become solid carpets of blue from the flowers.
Texas Bluebonnets can start blooming beginning in March, usually hit their peak in April, and are gone by the beginning of May. The strength of bluebonnet blooms is in part based on the amount of rain received in the previous fall.
Bluebonnets are prevalent across the state, but seem to be especially strong in central Texas as well as in areas east of the Dallas metroplex. One great city to visit in search of Bluebonnets is Burnet, which is located NW of Austin and can be reached by taking Highway 29 from I35. For a scenic loop around neighboring Lake Buchanan with wonderful views of bluebonnets, go west out of Burnet along highway 29 for 3-1/2 miles. Turn north (right) onto Ranch Road 2341. If you take a right onto Graphite Mine Road, this will take you along Lake Buchanan back to Highway 29.
The one rule that will help you out for both landscape and family portrait photography is this: get low. Position the camera low so that the bluebonnets are recognizable and a prevalent part of the picture. If you are taking pictures of people, get them down near the flowers. Most of the time, people take pictures of bluebonnets in the middle of the day; consider using flash when taking portraits to help fill in shadows under your subject's eyes.