Friday, April 15, 2011

Indian Paintbrushes

I've shown you several views of our bluebonnet-laden front pasture.  Well, sprinkled amongst the sea of blue are a few of my favorite spring wildflowers - the Indian Paintbrushes.  They appear at the same time as bluebonnets and intermingle a bit.  They will take over a field just like the bluebonnets took over our field this year - several fields along the road into town are painted coral with Indian Paintbrushes.  It seems one or the other wildflower will reign supreme in an area and only a few interlopers of either species mix in with the other - it's never an even-steven sharing relationship. 

The Paintbrush colors range from scarlet and coral to pinks and creams.





And we are lucky enough to have a few rarer lemon paintbrushes in our field too.
So you mix in a few bluebonnets
(They are lovely, aren't they?)
Sprinkle in the varied hues of the Indian Paintbrushes, and voila...  Masterpiece by Mother Nature.






Who could ask for more?

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Well, I prepared the post above and saved it as a draft.  When I walked up the driveway the next day, I noticed something different.  Holy Crayola, Batman!  There's an albino bluebonnet in our field!



So, I guess there's the "more" I didn't expect!

66 comments:

Joe said...

Hard to beat the color and variety of wild flowers. Our wild flowers haven't started blooming yet except for the dandylions :).

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What color! I always thought Indian paintbrush was something different. I'm so clueless!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I love, love, love the wildflowers of our area... and the Indian paintbrushes mingled with the bluebonnets are my favorite! And... the occasional albino one! blessings ~ tanna

Rae said...

They are so gorgeous and the colors are outstanding. I love wild flowers and would like to see a field full of those around here.

Gone Country said...

They're simply gorgeous! How lucky you are to have such beauty right outside your door!

Deb said...

Indian paint brushes are my all time favorite...I've never seen a white bluebonnet that is awesome...

Inger-M said...

Those color schemes are breathtaking. It must be wonderful to look at whole fields in those colors! It's still too early for wild flowers here, but in time, they will appear :-)
Have a great weekend! Hugs :-)

EG Wow said...

The w1ldflowers sure are pretty in Texas right now!

Samantha said...

Simply gorgeous!!!

Clint said...

I love to cruise Texas' fields this time of year. They are alive with the most beautiful, sweeping colors of spring---everything from pastels to bright yellows, purplish blues, reds and so on. I don't know of any other state that can display such wide open, endless panoramas of incredible color.

Deb said...

I didn't know about the lemon paintbrushes, verry pretty. What's up with the albino one?? Wierd. Did y'all seed your field with wildflower seeds at some point or did they just show up? Either way you have an awesome display!

thesedaysofmine.com said...

As much as I love my home state, Virginia, Texas does have us beat on wildflowers! Gorgeous!!

Thanks for sharing with us.

Dawn said...

Wow. Artwork surrounds you!
The only time I have ever seen the paintbrushes are on my hiking trips.

Just lovely!!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What a beautiful flower, I've never seen it before-thanks:@)

Texan said...

We don't get the bluebonnets I need to try putting out some seed! But we do get the Indian paint brushes! Lots of other wild flowers, I don't know what most of them are, just know they are sure pretty! Your photos are lovely!

Changes in the wind said...

Holy Crayola Batman? Well that is a new one for me but like you said....what a beautiful landscape from nature.

Shifan said...

What a beautiful world. Flowers make world so beauty.

Mama-Bug said...

I love them all! I've never seen Idian paintbrush in our neck of the woods; it's beautiful.

Paula said...

Such a beautiful variety of colors!!

Buttons said...

Texwisgirl these are incredible shots and very beautiful. B

wayside wanderer said...

I had no idea about the yellow IPBrush. The shape of their blossoms are just so beautiful no matter what color. Love this time of year!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, When I was teaching second grade in your part of the world, I often read the children's book, "The legend of the Indian Paintbrush" to my students and did follow-up art lessons. I enjoyed seeing photographs here of the beloved flowers from TX! Have a super nice day!

Sandra said...

green with envy here, i want to see ALL of these, all in one field or a field of each. did i say i am green with envy

Lesa said...

What a co-inky-dink!

I've been taking photos of indian paintbrushes this week to post on my blog!! It'll be up this wkend probably. Ours are only scarlett-- I didn't know they came in other colors.

didn't know there could be albino flowers-- interesting!

Jennifer said...

Really Beautiful Flowers You Get To Enjoy :)

Debbie said...

you are surrounded by so much beauty, these are lovely!!! funny, we both did flowers today, you know what they say about great minds....

beth said...

holy crayola !!!
that made me laugh....but how cool to have an albino anything :)

Furry Bottoms said...

Can you come and put those in my yard? Including the albino ones? :)

Canyon Girl said...

What an abundance of flowers and colors. We have Indian Paintbrush here too, but not so many of them and not so strong looking. More of a desert kind, I think.--Inger

Snapper II said...

Wild Flowers are a treat. I frequently find myself stopping my truck, and jumping a ditch to try an capture some shots.
Beautiful.

Yusuf Chowdury said...

Nice picture. I like this lovely flower as I saw this flower in my country.


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Ruth's Photo Blog said...

You have a perfect bouquet right in your field.Beautiful.

Country Mouse Studio said...

beautiful flowers

bon bon said...

oh, what a glorious collection you have right now! wish i were standing there next to you enjoying the smells as well. :o)

bon bon said...

...if you ever tire of drawing birds, you could draw flowers.

don said...

Fine series showing these beautiful flowers...and all over the fields too. Very interesting how one tries to win out over the other. The albino is a rarity and good to capture while you can. Nice, colorful post.

Flora said...

Beautiful Beautiful!!

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

I'm really starting to miss the south! Your Indian Paint brushes are way prettier than ours. Mostly ours are faded red and do not open up like yours. Apparently there are over 200 species. You got the pretty ones! And an albino flower?!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I really enjoyed looking at those shots. Our wildflowers here in Sonoma, CA. are so lagging behind. "Come on boys and girls, get with the program."

Trisha said...

Such beautiful colors! I love the fist pink & yellow one. Must be such a sight to see them all together :)

Robin said...

Theresa, what a wonderful pallet of colour you have! Isn't Spring just so lovely!

Ms. Becky said...

your photos are extraordinary. I've really enjoyed looking at these flowers. it's 38 degrees here today. spring has not sprung. have a fun weekend!

Sharon said...

Beautiful wildflowers! Ours are not so much, I think these are what Jim has in mind when he says I should have a wildflower yard! It just wouldn't happen here, wish it did, you are so lucky to have these gorgeous blooms!

Rose said...

These are just too beautiful for words...I could not pick a favorite if I had to.

Dar said...

Well, if you just aren't the luckiest lil' buckaroo/cowgirl around the whole state of TX. Pure envy here as WI has not warmed up enough for one flower as yet.
BlessYourHeart

Naturedigital said...

Beautiful garden and flowers.
Costas

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

I can definitely say for certain, I have never seen an albino bluebonnet until now!

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

You have a piece of Paradise there, my friend! Beautiful flowers. So many different colours, and so delicate.

I had never heard of, or ever seen the Indian Paintbrush flowers before. I loved it.

A big hug.

Lois Evensen said...

What a wonderful collection of colors! So very pretty!

Nancy said...

Very pretty flowers. Maybe they'll name the white flower after you? Maybe it's a one of a kind. :)

Frank said...

Glorious colour and variety from your wildflower meadow.

Johi said...

One of my favorite wildflowers! Beautiful!

Evelyn S. said...

Your bluebonnets look like wild lupine....these must be related. And our Indian Paintbrush has a different shape...it's a vertical shape.

edenhills said...

Spectacular! How lucky to have such a beautiful array of colorful flowers.

Teresa

Martha Z said...

What could be better than a meadow (or pature) in bloom. Beautiful shots.

Tiffany said...

All the pictures from today are just beautiful...love the crow! Have a great weekend.

Tiffany

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful flowers, I love both the paintbrushes and the bluebonnets. A field full of them would truly be gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Allison said...

My friend in Wyoming is always talking about Indian Paintbrush. I had no idea there were so many colors. So wonderfully beautiful. Do you think I could seed them here?

Kerri said...

Your flowers are absolutely breathtaking!

Margaret said...

Nature at her best! Just lovely and the easiest type of flower garden I can imagine! : )

Kathy said...

Love all the pictures. They are superb. Never saw an albino bluebonnet! My mother really wants Indian paintbrush and I tried to find some seed earlier this year but no one had any - they said wait until after this year's crop. With the dryness we've had I'm afraid there won't be a "this year's crop" for seed, and if there is, it will be SUPER $$$$!

Amy said...

Hi!! Finally got time to pop in and say thanks for joining my giveaway and for leaving a message on my blog so I could find you!!! Another Texas gal!!! I had to comment on this post because I miss the Texas wildflowers so much and the Indian Paintbrushes are some of my favourites. I actually tried to bring back some Texas wildflower seeds which I tossed up on the grass roof of my house and hoped they would take root and grow so I could have a piece of "home" on my roof...but they didn't. I guess the Norwegian winters are too cold for them...so I'll have to settle for looking at your gorgeous photos and seeing them myself next time I'm in Texas visiting family!!!
All the best from Eventyrhus in Norway- Amy :-)))

gowestferalwoman said...

I want to hug your pictures - we are JUST starting to green up here...!

Home In The Hollow said...

I'm a little late in getting around, T, but the flowers are gorgeous!! ...:)JP

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Oh what wild beauties your are surrounded by! Lovely photos...
Thanks for entering them in the hop!
Deb

Susan said...

Hi T, this post appeared below your post today of your pretty field.
Simply gorgeous and not possible to get enough of them. How lovely to look out on that sea of flowers :D)

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