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3/20/2015 4:09 PM
 

BillS,

Good catch.  I had meant to update the first line of that section.  It should read:

"These counties received at or slightly below normal rainfall in the fall, but the 60 departure from normal rainfall was above normal rainfall."

Thanks for reporting that.  I will update the PDF.

Based on what I saw in late January, I would not be surprised if those counties did well again this year.  What is "below normal" for that area is at or above normal for the Hill Country. Just based on past experiences it seems that our bluebonnets can put on a good show with 8 to 10" in the fall (Sep-Nov) and about 6 to 8" in Jan-Mar time frame.  

 

 

 
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3/21/2015 8:47 AM
 
BillS wrote:

Rich,

Thanks for your work in putting these eBooks together.  They were very helpful for me last year in finding locations to visit as I was just starting out shooting wildflowers.  Do you plan to put together one for the area ESE of San Antonio (i.e., Wilson County) as you did last year?  If not, what is your take on that area?  It looks like it received average to above average rainfall.  Although the bluebonnets are of the Sandy variety, the variety of colors of different wildflowers together was stunning last year.

Thanks again.

BillS

 -- Just added the 2015 eBook for South and East of San Antonio to the eBooks page.

 
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3/21/2015 9:06 AM
 

 Rich, we really appreciate you putting together the E-Books and they were very helpful to me last year.  Since Gary R recommended the Natalia area, I will try to get out there within a week once it stops raining.  I went in 2010 and 2012 and it was worth photographing.  2010 was especially nice.  There were some large bluebonnet fields and large mixed fields that were beautiful.  It's easy to get to them since they are right off of I-35.  You can see the bluebonnet fields from the highway.  I'll get the name of the exit and street names.  I remember taking a Natalia exit and I took most of my pictures on the side of I 35 that is heading north.  I'd like to see Jett Rd and other areas near Poteet, too.  We went to Dallas this week and went up 281.  I didn't see anything north of Stone Oak at this point.  It's still a little early.

 
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3/21/2015 9:55 AM
 
GayleF wrote:

 Rich, we really appreciate you putting together the E-Books and they were very helpful to me last year.  Since Gary R recommended the Natalia area, I will try to get out there within a week once it stops raining.  I went in 2010 and 2012 and it was worth photographing.  2010 was especially nice.  There were some large bluebonnet fields and large mixed fields that were beautiful.  It's easy to get to them since they are right off of I-35.  You can see the bluebonnet fields from the highway.  I'll get the name of the exit and street names.  I remember taking a Natalia exit and I took most of my pictures on the side of I 35 that is heading north.  I'd like to see Jett Rd and other areas near Poteet, too.  We went to Dallas this week and went up 281.  I didn't see anything north of Stone Oak at this point.  It's still a little early.

 Thank you Gayle!  For those looking for a variety of wildflowers in fields the South Texas area is probably the best.  I remember reading that many of the early naturalists and botanists love to travel this region, because of the diversity.  The DeWitt County area was known for this. The wildflower association there used to roam the roads, picking samples to display in the DeWitt County Museum during wildflower season. Sadly, due to the recent drought years they have not been as active.

 
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3/22/2015 3:18 PM
 

Do not Bother with any of the Floresville - Stockdale - Nixon - New Berlin area at this time.  Pretty much void of any blooms - so much so it looks like someone sprayed the entire area with herbicide. I hope it does improve in the next few weeks, but I was more surprised by what I did not see than what I saw.  Think 2014 and then think the complete opposite.

 

 
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