What was spring like where and when you grew up?
Spring is my favorite season! For me the harbinger of spring has always been flowers blooming. In Houston, where I grew up, I remember lots of azaleas everywhere. I also remember my grandparents stopping along a highway in the spring to let my siblings and I play in the bluebonnets. My step-grandfather took home movies of us and there's a scene of us briefly playing in bluebonnets in late April, 1965, when I was eight.
I worked at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park from April 1977 through March 1979. It's at one end of the La Bahía Road Bluebonnet Trail in Washington County, one of the most prolific areas in Texas for the state flower. If I remember correctly, in either 1977 or 1979, the bluebonnets were blooming early at the park, on March 2, Texas Independence Day.
|Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park, April 1978|
|Me with the dogs, Corpus Christi, Texas, March 1984|
Then we moved to Washington State. I remember arriving there on November 1, 1984, and feeling SO depressed because all it did was rain the first couple weeks I was there. But then I got a Christmas sales job at the local mall, and it snowed around Thanksgiving, and come springtime, we went biking in the Skagit Valley, where acres and acres of daffodil and (later) tulip bulbs were in bloom.
|Daffodils in the Skagit Valley of Washington state, mid-1980s.|
|Roozengaarde, Mount Vernon, Washington, 1990s|
|West Shore Acres, Mount Vernon, WA, 1990s|
Anytime I was lucky enough to be in Texas in the spring (March 1995 and April 1999), I'd find some bluebonnets. I moved back home in January 2006, and have been lucky enough to see them every year on my way to and from work since 2007. The photo at right was taken in April 2007 at the Rocking MJ Ranch Bed & Breakfast near Canyon Lake.
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