Big Bend Desert Bluebonnets - Over the week we were here we came to this spot many times for the morning sunrises as this place had some of the best bluebonnets. Each time we came it was a different look and feel. On this day we were greeted with this fantastic sunrise before the sun broke in the sky. We love this predawn glow before sunrise had yet to rise over the mountains near the landmark Cerro Castellan in Big Bend National park. We had just a lovely color pinks, oranges, yellows in the clouds with the Texas bluebonnets flowing down the slope to the canyon valley below broken up by the desert grasses and the many octillos in this desert landscape. The sunrise colors of pinks, yellows, oranges, in the sky plus the octillos growing along the slopes with these wonderful bluebonnets made the day. The Texas bluebonnets were just beginning to show as the sunlight glow began to illuminates the flowers in this early monring in Big Bend at pre-dawn. While we waited for the sunrise show we heard a pack of coyotes howling and yeping just beneath us which actually gave us some trepidaton as they were a little too close for comfort but this is a wild area. Luckily for us they were not interested in checking us out. Big Bend National Park was in full bloom with the desert bluebonnets this year and it was lovely. This was the best year we have seen in our 10 plus years of coming here. The Big Bend bluebonnet or Chisos bluebonnet are the most common name of this lupine. These lupines are native to Texas and Chihuahua, where it can be found blooming from January through June. What surprised us as they were all the way up the mountain side, over the hill sides and along the roads in thick patches. We were curious how they got so high up on the mountain sides. In any case it was a wonderful site to see this wonderful desert landscape in spring and made us glad we came for this unique show. Today we had a great morning sunrise with this wonderful bluebonnet landscapes in Big Bend National Park which made it worth the trip.
January 14th, 2020
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