Ya’ll bluebonnets are coming. We have the most wonderful bluebonnets each spring. Let’s help save our precious bluebonnets from being trampled this year and every year!! This post is for photographers, clients, families and truly anyone in The Woodlands, Texas and in Texas stepping in a bluebonnet field just to be knowledgable and be careful with our bluebonnets.
I truly love the outdoors and nature and have endeavored many efforts to save the bluebonnets since 2014 – you can find those links at the end of this post.
Please don’t CRUSH the bluebonnets.
The bluebonnets require the plant to die naturally and “go to seed” in order to reseed the field to grow in the next year. Have you noticed how some of your most popular favorite fields seem to not look as good year after year? If these flowers are trampled, crushed, picked, walked on – the flower will not reseed. See below a bluebonnet after the field is no longer photographically beautiful. This bluebonnet has gone to seed – see the pale green seedling pod?
There is a way to be “in the wildflowers” without trampling them and causing additional damage. For every wildflower shoot I do, I am sure to follow a bare patch or a natural path in the flowers so I am not harming any additional flowers. My children are asked to walk single file and follow my path. In the below shot, my son is running in a grassy area behind the bluebonnet field. It looks as if he is in the field, but he is not. Try to sit your client or yourself in a spot that has already been matted down from a previous visitor.
Something I’ve done to give back is work with a nonprofit to collect funds to seed a very popular bluebonnet field in DFW. That let me to work with my city, to donate seeds and designate a new chid friendly area as a “Wildflower area”.
Below is my efforts to save the bluebonnets that ran last spring 2017 in NBC DFW:
And my first effort in 2014 to restore the field for 2015:
Think about what ways you can give back to nature!
More info you say? Of course – Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) specializes in photographing families and children in Plano, Texas; Allen Texas; Frisco, Texas, and the Woodlands, Texas areas. Please message me to schedule your family’s photographic adventure!
Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth’s little people, two boys, call her Mommy. She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy maker, excitement for discovery, and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles, middles, and their families on photographic adventures. Elizabeth’s love of nature and volunteer work at a local conservancy keep her connected to the land, and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local fauna, and the candid and the magical moments of the families she guides.