Bluebonnets. I don’t know what it is about them, but every year, they seem to bring a smile to my face. Sadly, they only stay in peak bloom for about 2-4 weeks out of the entire year. Maybe it’s all those grade school lessons or that picture of my parents in a field of bluebonnets that sat in my childhood home for so many years, either way the state flower of Texas holds a fond place in my heart. MJ and I usually get our fill of bluebonnets along the road to Houston, but on our last 2 trips, they had yet to bloom. Thankfully, this year, the hills in Austin were covered with them and their beautiful companions, the Indian paintbrush.