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Monday, June 9, 2014

Wildflowers on the Back Roads

Sometimes you just have to go for a drive to see what’s in your own backyard.

My husband and I took a Saturday drive south toward Lubbock and the South Plains just to see what we could see. I wanted to see wildflowers.

The Texas Department of Transportation actively seeds and encourages wildflower and native grasses along Texas roadways. The practice started in 1932, even along the back roads.

I found a wealth of wildflowers along the farm to market roads. At 75 mph, they all look the same. I was amazed at how many varieties I found in a short time. With the help of the Wildflower Center and an index of Texas Wildflowers, I was able to identify most of the wildflowers.

Englemann Daisy

Engelmann Daisy

 

False Garlic

False Garlic

 

Sunflower

Lone Sunflower

 

Red Prairie Coneflower

Red Prairie Coneflower

 

Yellow Prairie Coneflower

Yellow Prairie Coneflower

 

Scarlet Guara

Scarlet Guara

Scarlet Guara aka Scarlet Beeblossom

 

White Prairie Clover

White Prairie Clover

 

Yellow Spiny Daisy

Yellow Spiny Daisy

Also hidden along the back roads are unique examples of roadside attractions. So many little towns were well–traveled before the interstate highway system bypassed them and their dreamers. We found Bob’s Oil Well service station in Matador, Texas.

Matador, Texas Roadside Attraction

Bob's gas pump, Matador, Texas

Widespread thunderstorms ended our trip, but even the sky was beautiful.

Looking up at the Storm

Thanks,

Aimee

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