Texas Travel Diary - p 3|
11 April 2003
Enough bird photography!! Today I picked up Charlotte at the Austin airport, and we headed west into the Hill Country for a wildflower weekend. Our base is the town of Fredericksburg, which was settled by German immigrants. We soon discover Der Lindenbaum, a restaurant serving wiener schnitzel and other tasty German fare.
The stars of the wildflower show are of course Bluebonnet and Indian Paintbrush, planted by the millions along roadside rights of way by the Texas Dept of Transportation. Other natives on display this time of year include Wine Cup (also known as Cowboy Rose in Oklahoma), Prairie Verbena, White Prickly Poppy, Yellow Flax, Showy Primrose, and a host of supporting minor species. The weather is warm and sunny. You'd think this would be perfect for photograpy, but actually one wants an overcast day, whose soft light produces rich saturated flower colors.
We range over to Johnson City and Marble Falls, where a crisis occurs. After a photo session along the highway, Charlotte, who had been driving, cannot find the car keys. We make a thorough search of the car, but she decides that they were dropped among the grass and wildflowers, where we spend a fruitless hour searching. She then calls the local police on her cell phone, who tell us that the car will most likely have to be towed 50 miles back to Austin. This information redoubles our effort to find those keys. Our weekend, not to mention marriage, hangs in the balance, but the fates prove kind - during a third search of the tallest patch of Bluebonnets, Charlotte finds the keys.
14 April 2003
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