Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wildflower Gathering

I am fortunate to have a husband who has a long standing interest in Texas history and nature, and particularly Texas naturalist Roy Bedichek. In a former lifetime, before our messy family life, he regularly went bird watching and would capture photographs of Texas wildflowers. He is now so busy working, enabling us to stay home and indulge in our homeschool lifestyle, that he rarely gets to get outside and pursue those interests, or join in our homeschooling fun. He is a fount of information that we get to enjoy all too infrequently.

This morning my younger son got a rare treat. He and his poppy went out, all alone, to identify the numerous wildflowers dotting the roadsides near our house. They were able to identify:

Mexican hat
Indian blanket

Antelope horns

Bull Nettle
Frog fruit

Wild potato
Silver leaf nightshade

Prairie verbena
and Stiff-stem flax

His dad's old, much-loved and used Wildflowers of Texas by Geyata Ajilvsgi and our newly purchased 100 Texas Wildflowers by Dorothy Baird Mattiza came in handy identifying a few that we weren't sure about.

They even sweetly brought back a few flowers to make a small bouquet for me.

It was one of those mornings that it's easy to remember to be thankful!