The vernal equinox was this past week, and the first official day of spring was an absolutely beautiful day here in north Texas. Finally. In most -if not all – parts of the country this year, winter definitely fought to stick around. And from what I hear, it’s still fighting. But our forecast as April lurks is definitely bringing in April showers, even with warmer weather.
I choose to look at the first day of spring as a good omen of things to come. And even more exciting this year, spending spring in Texas. I have not had a Texas spring in over a decade. College spring breaks came too early and then even later, I went to Montana (where there was lots of snow and no flowers). Great years, so I’m not complaining. But Texas fields will be a wash of colors with Texas Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrushes and Indian Blankets, Mexican Hat Coneflowers, and beautiful, fragrant Magnolias.
Something I’ve heard about this year, but never did before when I lived here, is the Bluebonnet Festival in Ennis. I’ve heard that it really is a beautiful sight to see the pastures covered in a blanket of blue, so I and my camera are definitely ready, and checking out the bluebonnet sightings. It’s kind of like checking in with Bloom Watch for peak cherry blossom viewing on the weekdays (on the weekends, I just walked down to the Tidal Basin to see for myself).