Monday, April 12, 2010

Austin, a Pictorial (the Bluebonnet Edition)

I'll start with this tree:
I'm pretty sure it's a Texas Live Oak but my short and lazy online research didn't match my preconceptions so I gave up. Either way, the recent rain fall that reversed Austin's miserable droughtness also created a perfect storm of spring pollen. Here are the blooms for the alleged live oak.
And here's the curbside pollen it ejaculated as a dusty membrane over everything. Cars, sidewalks, homeless people, and whatever other miscellaneous objects are strewn about.
I had a pretty awesome headache the other night, morning, day, evening, and night again. Thanks spring.
I look forward to spring every year because the wildflowers are quite the thing to see. Blue, purple, red, orange, yellow. We're talkin' ROY G BIV here. That's not exclusive to Austin, of course, but the Hill Country, as it's appropriately named, waves these colors into slopes of tranquility that make me a distracted hazard while driving. Blue is for Bluebonnets, Texas' state flower. Red is for Indian Paintbrushes. Yellow is for, I don't know, piss. You figure it out. I would have stopped for closer investigation but after frolicking among the bluebonnets, I was getting another allergy headache and I panicked. Click for a close-up.

8 comments:

Dreamfarm Girl said...

I love the wildflowers, too, in my miserable headachy state. Why does spring have to hurt so bad? worse than high school love.

Chindiana said...

Great pictures Carlos. of flowers no less. Seems like your bonding with your sensitive side is working!

JennAventures said...

God, this makes me miss Austin.

Silly Swedish Skier Says So said...

While I don't love allergies, its snowing here and I might deal with trading my winter coat for a headache and a skirt right about now. We won't have flowers for another 2 months. Sorry for the allergies; they're a bitch.

Heather said...

Wow you really take great photos! I tried to take some and they all came out blurry. I had to stop the truck to get anything worth looking at. It sure is a beautiful painting out there, but man the headache is enough to make ya hate it!

Lola Sharp said...

Love the photo tour.

f8hasit said...

Beautiful pictures. But now as I look at the pollen on my own car, front porch, driveway and dogs...all I can think is, "that tree ejaculated all over my stuff."

Murr Brewster said...

Are bluebonnets and lupines the same thing? Sorry about the issues of flower sex. No allergies: yet another way I cannot be accused of being a sensitive person.

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