Spring in the Hill Country: Wildseed Farms – Part 3

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In the first part of this series, we talked Texas bluebonnets, and in the second part, a variety of other wildflowers. In this third and last part, I just want to share something we ran into before seeing the natural fields of Texas bluebonnets showcased in part 1.

We were visiting Fredericksburg and the area, when we discovered a flower shop that was quite unusual. Wildseed Farms is growing wildflowers on a very large scale.

Wildseed Farms near Fredericksburg,TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Imagine our astonishment, as we were first discovering the beauty that is spring in the Texas Hill Country.

Wildseed Farms near Fredericksburg,TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Additionally, and something quite unconventional when you come from France, the owners of the farms let people go around and take pictures in the fields, without asking for purchase.

Wildseed Farms near Fredericksburg,TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

White Wing Shiner @ Wildseed Farms near Fredericksburg,TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

The place is also a very nice place to relax, read a book, or have a drink (or all of these!).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime – As You Like It

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It’s been a while since I participated in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is nighttime.

I, too, take few pictures by night because I do not master the technique and as a result, those I take are often disappointing.

But here are a few I took with my iPhone this past spring. They were taken at Zilker Park in Austin, during a representation of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, by Austin Shakespeare (which I highly recommend!).

Shakespeare's As You Like It by Austin Shakespeare | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Shakespeare's As You Like It by Austin Shakespeare | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Shakespeare's As You Like It by Austin Shakespeare | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Spring in the Hill Country Part – 2

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Wildflowers - Hill Country, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cakes Chasing Chipmunks

In Part 1, I showed you the beautiful Texas bluebonnets covering the region. Today, I have a selection of some of the wildflowers I saw and was able to take a picture of.

They vary according to the date and area. I have never before seen such a variety.

And this is what my yard looked like at the time:

Wildflowers - Hill Country, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cakes Chasing Chipmunks

Last part on spring in the Hill Country will take us to another, particular field of bluebonnets.

Texas’ Bluebonnets and Spring in the Hill Country – Part 1

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Although I am currently away from Texas, and Spring is either in a distant past or a distant future, I don’t think I should postpone this post any further.

Wildflowers - Hill Country, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cakes Chasing Chipmunks

Texas has many things to offer to visitors. My absolute favorite is spring in the Hill Country or Central Texas.

Wildflowers - Hill Country, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cakes Chasing Chipmunks

Fields and every square foot of grass are covered in wildflowers. The most beautiful flowers color the landscape. And when one type of flower dies, another takes over. It is really amazing.

Wildflowers and cows - Hill Country, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cakes Chasing Chipmunks

Wildflowers and cows - Hill Country, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cakes Chasing Chipmunks

One of the emblematic flowers of the state of Texas, and of the season, is the Texas Bluebonnet. It is the “State Flower of Texas” and a native of the state.

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

I have to confess something though. I used to think that these extraordinary pictures of entire fields of bluebonnets were Photoshopped. Until I saw them with my own eyes.

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

If you must visit Texas only once, I highly recommend these area and seasons. You will be enchanted.

With the next post, I will show you some of the variety of wildflowers. But with this post, I invite you to enjoy bluebonnets.

[You can click on any picture to enlarge it]

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Texas Bluebonnets - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Welcome to Washington, DC

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I have moved to the Washington, DC area for three months, and er, well, yes, I am missing Texas a little bit.

But there are many, many things to see and visit here, so I’ll try to take advantage of my time here. Plus I am enjoying a very good and interesting professional experience, so no complaining.

Here are a few pictures of my first day in DC (although this is not my first time in DC, the first time was just a few hours). More to come!

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U.S. National Archives – Washington, DC – September 2014

Washington, DC | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Pennsylvania Ave, with the U.S. Capitol in the background – Washington, DC – September 2014

U.S. Capitol - Washington, DC | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

U.S. Capitol – Washington, DC – September 2014

Newseum - Washington, DC | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Newseum – Washington, DC – September 2014

Newseum - Washington, DC | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Newseum – Washington, DC – September 2014

Federal Trade Commission - Washington, DC | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Federal Trade Commission – Washington, DC – September 2014

Washington, DC | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

U.S. Capitol - Washington, DC | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

U.S. Capitol – Washington, DC – September 2014

Washington Monument - Washington, DC | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Washington Monument – Washington, DC – September 2014

Quick Update

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Dear Readers,

I have not forgotten my blog or given up on it again. I have been quite busy again and although I have plenty in store to share, I have not been able to take the time to simply sit and type the posts.

In addition to Texas, I’ve spent a few days in Detroit last month, and I’d like to share a bit about my experience.

The Spirit of Detroit - Detroit, MI | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

The Spirit of Detroit – Detroit, MI – July 2014

In two weeks, I’ll also be heading back to the East Coast for a few months of professional experience in the Washington, DC Metro area.

So the posts will be coming hopefully, but probably not regularly. Stay tuned though :-)

Thanks for your patience! Have a great weekend y’all!

Frost Bank Tower - Austn, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Frost Bank Tower – Austin, TX – August 2014

Republic of Texas Biker Rally

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Last weekend, the city of Austin welcomed the Republic of Texas Biker Rally.

Republic of Texas Biker Rally 2014 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Bikers were everywhere :-)

Republic of Texas Biker Rally 2014 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

I couldn’t make it to the rally on Congress Ave on Friday evening, which is too bad because I bet it would have been the occasion to make great pictures with the Capitol in the background. But I went to see some of the motorbikes and old cars that were exhibited. Enjoy!

Happy Easter from Luck, Texas

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I know I promised you bluebonnets field, and they will come. But today is Easter and I thought I would share what I did this year.

Can you see the picture in the banner of this blog that says “Texas” (bottom left). When I first saw it, little did I know that this place was kind of emblematic and that I was missing the other part of the name of the ranch: Luck.

Willie Nelson's Luck, Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

We live in a region area where there are plenty of gorgeous areas to visit. We also live not too far from a place that you cannot really visit… except on Easter Sunday. The place is Luck, Texas, and it is Willie Nelson‘s ranch. The movie Red Headed Stranger was filmed there, and the pictures below illustrate what remains of the setting.

Willie Nelson's Luck, Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

There is a tiny church too, that welcomes a Gospel Choir on Easter Sunday, and apparently on Christmas Day too. On Easter Sunday, the door to the ranch is opened to everyone. I want to thank our neighbors for letting us know about this. This is not really a secrete anymore but this is not publicized either.

Willie Nelson is a huge star here and he sometimes make an appearance during the Easter service.

Here is Luck, Texas. Thanks to Mr. Nelson for his hospitality. Happy Easter Y’all!

Willie Nelson's Luck, Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Everything Starts Over With Spring

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Spring has officially arrived in Texas, and it is especially beautiful in the region I live in, the Hill Country.

If you happened to read me before 2014, you probably know that I had decided to stop this blog. But then two things happened:

1. First I received very nice and supportive feedback on this blog from many of my readers, including a very nice post by the author of Hirondellina

2. Although time was scarce, I kept on discovering Texas, and on thinking “oh, I could have shared this on my blog!”

Now, the region where I live, central Texas, also known as the Hill Country, is well known for its gorgeous flowery springs: bluebonnets and hundreds of different wildflowers cover the sides of roads, I was told. I was very eager to see those carpets of wildflowers. Guess what? That was true. Grass-covered shoulders or center divider strips on highways and back roads have turned all kind of colors, depending on the flowers growing on them, sometimes showcasing a rainbow pattern. No, honestly, I could not not share this.

This is hence how I will go back to blogging here. The posts will be sparse, at least at the beginning. I do hope you will enjoy them though!

Here are some of the pictures I took the past two weekends, the first with flowers around. Each picture can be enlarged if you click on it.

Enjoy!

Bluebonnets in Travis County - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Bluebonnets in Travis County - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Bluebonnets in Travis County - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Bluebonnets in Travis County - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Bluebonnets in Travis County - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Bluebonnets in Travis County - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Bluebonnets in Travis County - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Wildflowers in Travis County - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Wildflowers in Travis County - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Wildflowers in Travis County - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Wildflowers in Travis County - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Wildflowers in Travis County - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Wildflowers in Travis County - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Next time, I will tell you more about bluebonnets and we will visit a wildflower farm.