With one of the best wildflower seasons for many years, yesterday we headed out along Hwy 290 towards Johnson City. The road through Sandy leads to the Willow Loop, a private road with some of the most spectacular flowerings in the hill country. We hadn't been out there for three years. Our last visit in May brought views of amazing hillsides of brilliant yellow coreopsis with fields of purple horsemint. This time we were to see those same hills and roadsides cloaked in bluebonnets.
Looking down from the top of the hill it was as though the fields were blanketed with snow. I have never seen so many before.
The signs on the road as you enter the loop say no parking. Apparently the property owners own the land right up to the center of the road and if caught parking of road you are liable for a fine. Walk into the fields and a bigger fine. Of course it didn't seem to stop people. Like us they probably didn't know about this until we overheard someone talking about it.
Scattered here and there among yucca and spring flowers, the Tasajillo, or Christmas cactus. You can just see its bright red fruits trying to get some attention.