It’s still only mid-February here in the Big Bend, but you would never know it by the weather. So far, this is the second consecutive mild winter in a row, and I was fearing a lack of wildflowers again this year, after a total bust last spring. However, my wife and I took a backroads trip through Big Bend National Park on Valentine’s Day, and the profusion of early wildflowers was astonishing. Here is a sample of our day out:

We’re also looking forward to a spectacular blooming of the cactus as we get later into spring, but for now the “hills are alive” with the perfume that is the signature of wildflowers in the Big Bend.

Published by texasflashdude

Photography and Travel, specifically adventure travel and backpacking in remote North America, give me an excuse to stay outside. If kayaks, bikes, backpacks, Jeeps, archeology, geology and wildlife can be included, all the better. Having spent my life working in the fashion and photography industries, I love the unusual, the spectacular, and the beautiful. God has given us a wonderful world in which to live, and I try to open others’ eyes to its wonders. I have shared nearly 50 years of this indescribable wonder with my wife, Jodie, and we go everywhere together. I hope you will share some of our journey with us.

3 thoughts on “Wildflowers

  1. Well, aren’t you a sweetheart! The photos are glorious, although I must say I’m surprised to see such a bloom in mid-February. Is this earlier than usual? I think I still have some of the midwestern predisposition to think of ‘spring’ as mid-April, and I have to keep readjusting my mental calendar. Beyond that, we’ve been in such an extended period of fog, cloud, and drizzle, that it’s hard to remember other parts of the state are moving right along into spring.

    When does the cactus bloom take place (approximately, of course)? A friend and I have been muttering about how much fun it would be to see some sights like that. She’s a varnisher, too, so any trip would be dependent on finally getting some work done, but maybe….

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