One of the best parts of my mom and sister living in Texas is that I get to hit up travel destinations that ordinarily I would miss. While Tennessee certainly has its fair share of wildflowers, they aren't always just on the side of the road. April in Texas, however, means one thing: bluebonnet season.
I visited my family for my sister's birthday the first weekend of April at their home near Dallas. Fortunately, the Dallas suburbs are also extraordinarily close to one of the most-pinned destinations in the world: the Bluebonnet Trail in Ennis. The Bluebonnet Festival runs the entire month of April for good reason. Although the flowers were truly stunning in early April, they get even better towards the middle.
Downtown Ennis looks like something straight out of a Western movie, but never fear: the bluebonnets are so close! The hill we took pictures on is actually quite famous. It was pretty easy to find once we plugged in directions to 1001 Sugar Ridge Road. It is beautiful Texas country at its finest, so be sure to take the entire loop of the trail. I took the main post photograph above on one a back road because trees meeting overtop a winding path is one of my favorite sights.
It was also a great time to break out my warm weather clothes considering that it was in the 80s while I was there. No wonder the flowers bloom early! I have a feeling I'll be rocking black separates as a trompe l'oeil dress all spring; but if you want a similar look to this particular outfit, this dress is very close.
Other than making sure to visit that particular location, my other advice is to be patient. We got to the hill around four in the afternoon and while it wasn't particularly crowded, the sun was way too harsh for perfect pictures. While your pictures will definitely be amazing a bit later in the evening as the sun starts to set, you'll probably be fighting to find a spot with no other visitors/entire families getting their picture taken. Since pretty much everyone here has the same idea, it's important to keep your chill intact. And bring aloe and eye drops because your legs and eyes will ITCH after a day spent in tall grass and wildflowers.
Of course I'm happy to have the portraits of myself for my blog, the pictures I'll really cherish are the ones I took of my mom and sister. Essentially the entire point of the journey was to get a few new head shots for my sister, the burgeoning actress and musician. But I think this group picture takes home "Best in Show" for me: