DFW Wildflower Photographer – One afternoon I ventured with my children and my friend to a beautiful field with indian paintbrushes. These vibrant flowers were a welcome change to the bluebonnets I spent a month photographing! This session is another reason why I love spring in Texas. The wildflowers bloom in waves, with bluebonnets starting of the season!
The indian paintbrush has a legendary story written by children’s author Tomie De Paola. A synopsis from Goodreads says:
“In spring, the hills and meadows of Texas and Wyoming are ablaze with the reds, oranges, and yellows of the Indian Paintbrush. How this striking plant received its name is told in an old Indian legend. Many years ago, when the People traveled the Plains, a young Indian boy had a Dream-Vision in which it was revealed that one day he would create a painting that was as pure as the colors of the evening sky at sunset. The boy grew up to become the painter of the tribe, but although he found a pure white buckskin for a canvas and made paints from the brightest flowers and the reddest berries, he could not capture the sunset.”Goodreads
I love that Texas wildflowers are often accompanied by a legend. It makes the beauty of nature even more sacred. The legend of the bluebonnet goes as follows,
“When a killing drought threatens the existence of the tribe, a courageous little Comanche girl sacrifices her most beloved possession–and the Great Spirit’s answer results not only in much needed rain but a very special gift in return.”Goodreads
Like the legend describes, the indian paintbrushes really to hold the colors of the sunset. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to capture these beauties.
This last photo is an example of where beautiful photo scenes can also be located in an unexpected place.