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.
Red Prairie Coneflower
Yellow Prairie Coneflower
White Prairie Clover
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.
Widespread thunderstorms ended our trip, but even the sky was beautiful.