Please Don't Crush Me - Bluebonnets in The Woodlands
By Elizabeth Alexander, elizalexphotography.com
Ya'll bluebonnets are coming. We have the most wonderful bluebonnets each spring. Let's help save our precious bluebonnets from being trampled this year and every year!! This post is for photographers, clients, families and truly anyone in The Woodlands, Texas and in Texas stepping in a bluebonnet field just to be knowledgable and be careful with our bluebonnets.
I truly love the outdoors and nature and have endeavored many efforts to save the bluebonnets since 2014 - you can find those links at the end of this post.
Please don't CRUSH the bluebonnets.
The bluebonnets require the plant to die naturally and "go to seed" in order to reseed the field to grow in the next year. Have you noticed how some of your most popular favorite fields seem to not look as good year after year? If these flowers are trampled, crushed, picked, walked on - the flower will not reseed. See below a bluebonnet after the field is no longer photographically beautiful. This bluebonnet has gone to seed - see the pale green seedling pod?
There is a way to be "in the wildflowers" without trampling them and causing additional damage. For every wildflower shoot I do, I am sure to follow a bare patch or a natural path in the flowers so I am not harming any additional flowers. My children are asked to walk single file and follow my path. In the below shot, my son is running in a grassy area behind the bluebonnet field. It looks as if he is in the field, but he is not. Try to sit your client or yourself in a spot that has already been matted down from a previous visitor.
Something I've done to give back is work with a nonprofit to collect funds to seed a very popular bluebonnet field in DFW. That let me to work with my city, to donate seeds and designate a new chid friendly area as a "Wildflower area".
Below is my efforts to save the bluebonnets that ran last spring 2017 in NBC DFW:
Do Something To Make The World More Beautiful
And my first effort in 2014 to restore the field for 2015:
Help restore our JCP bluebonnet field
Think about what ways you can give back to nature!
More info you say? Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas. Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure.