Bluebonnet picture - taken with a Nikon D200 and a 105 2.8 VR Macro lens

What is the best time for Bluebonnet pictures?

by Eric Hegwer on 18 March, 2009

It’s right now!  Of course you are probably not reading this on the day when I wrote it, but that’s OK.  Right now, for me, is Late March.  And I’m in Austin.  This is the prime time of the year for bridal portraits, and engagements pictures here in Texas, and what texas girl doesn’t want a portrait of herself in her wedding dress in a field of bluebonnets.

Truth be told, I have never done that classic Texas picture, the one where you are wearing your gown, and the train is all fanned out, and you are looking over your shoulder surrounded in a field of bluebonnet wildflowers, but if you want one, I’m game if you are.

I’m sure not everyone reading this is a bride, some of you are probably wedding photographers who Googled best location for bluebonnets, and came up with my blog.  For you, I won’t disappoint.  You want to pick a time about a week or so after a nice rainstorm in the spring (March – May) so the field isn’t too soft, and the little blue flowers have had a chance to pop-up and carpet the rolling hills near Brenham.  On average, the peak bluebonnet happen around April 1, but can come and go up to a month before or after.

Some other areas you might want to cruise are Hwy 290, FM 389, and FM 362.  For those of you who aren’t in the area start in Austin and drive about 2 hours east towards Houston.  You won’t be disappointed.  Some clever fellow has even made a texas wildflower map with some good routes.  I hope the link stays good for everyone.

You can also get decent pictures of bluebonnets if you head out towards Fredericksburg – There is always the LBJ ranch, where LadyBird Johnson lived, and we all know she was a great supporter of wildflowers.  In a pinch you can always visit the Wildflower center – you might want to call them first just to be sure.

In my travels I’ve also found a couple of other great resources – This one is a whole website dedicated to texas bluebonnets, and this one has reports and the latest bluebonnet sightings.  You can even chat about bluebonets on this forum.

So now that you know more than you ever wanted to (Lupinus texensis), go out and have your picture taken in a field of bluebonnets.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Travelgirl March 19, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Those Texan Blue bonnets are beautiful.
I love wildflowers.

Travelgirl March 19, 2009 at 8:21 pm

P.S I added you to my blog:)

Townley Pittman March 25, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Thanks for the advice!! I am a photographer who googled “where to see bluebonnets in Texas”
You were a great source of info! Thanks a lot

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