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This is one of thousands types of flower. However, it is the portrait of the state of Texas.

Each year in April, you can see them along the Interstate Highways, or State Highways, or Farm-to-Market Roads. Texans selected Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis) as the flower that represents their home state. Those who have to move away from their birth place, begin to feel homesick as they see this familiar color.

According to Houston Chronicle, heavy rains, and even that wintry mix, that Texans suffered through this winter mean we'll be rewarded in the spring with a spectacular wildflower season. All we need now is warmer weather.

March could still be cool enough to delay wildflower blooms in some parts of Texas, but bluebonnets, phlox and primrose are already sprouting up along some state highways, experts at the The University of Texas at Austin's Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center said in a press release.

"All signs point to a good wildflower season," said senior botanist Damon Waitt. "We've had good fall precipitation and good winter precipitation in many parts of the stateónot just rain, but sleet and snow as well."

Wildflowers germinate in the winter, so precipitation is important during that time, the press release states.

"At Houston Audubon's Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, the leaves of a number of wildflowers including rosinweed, Texas coneflower, black-eyed Susan, rattlesnake master and blue-eyed grass are up, but not many have flowered yet. The exceptions are some violets and Carolina jessamine."

Bluebonnets are also beginning to grow along Highway 290 on the way to Austin.

"Whether or not the peak bloom is on time or delayed remains to be seen," Waitt said. "A colder than normal March will tend to delay the season whereas warm March temperatures with good rainfall and sunshine will promote growth and extend the season."

For those who are interested in a guide to Texas Wildflowers, here is your link. Thanks.

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Note: This is the test shot of a Russian-made Volna-9 Macro lens on a Canon EOS 50D body.

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