The initial results of my bluebonnet road trip a few weeks ago ranged from pretty but underwhelming (Woodway Park, Muleshoe Bend) to complete bust (Shaffer Bend). I'd noted Turkey Bend Recreation Area as another possibility to check out, but given the conditions at Muleshoe and Shaffer was there really any point? Wouldn't another spot in the same general area look pretty similar?
Well, I reminded myself that I was likely never going to be this close again and decided to just suck it up and check it out. At worst, I'd waste about half an hour and be on my way. When I told the gentleman at the gate I was looking for bluebonnets he said they did, indeed, have "some."
That man has a gift for understatement.
Pipevine Swallowtails flitted about, as prone to stopping and just savoring the warm morning as I was.
FM 1431 not far from Turkey Bend to capture these roadside bluebonnets and paintbrush, along with a motorcycle speeding past.
I'd gotten what I had come for. Now I could drive back home without feeling any pressure to get "the shot." But of course, I'd still keep my eyes open for anything that seemed worth stopping for!