Top Ten Places for Bluebonnets Pics
This year's favorite spots for wildflowers shots in Cedar Park
It’s an annual Texas ritual, to pack the kids into the car and drive out to “the country” to take scenic spring photos amongst our bluebonnets that line the sides of roads and highways. But there’s a safer and more convenient alternative right here in Cedar Park.
Here is our Top Ten List of Places in Cedar Park to Take Bluebonnets Photos as well as tips to take pictures like a pro – without leaving your home town.
1. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
|Oodles and oodles of bluebonnets are in the field in front of the Center. This is a great place to show your Cedar Park pride!|
|2. Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
2509 West New Hope Drive (next to Veterans Memorial Park)
|This is one of the most plentiful bluebonnet fields we’ve seen so far this year in Cedar Park. Plus, there’s easy access from the adjacent parking lot or sidewalk.|
3. Next to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
|This is another favorite! It’s a very thick, lush and plentiful bluebonnets patch, with lots of brush in the background for a country look. There's easy access from their parking lot, too.|
|4. Brushy Creek Lake Park
3300 Brushy Creek Road
|Patches of bluebonnets are just starting to pop up in this traditionally popular-place-to-take-bluebonnets pics. It is a great natural-looking setting. Expect patches to be fuller by the weekend of March 24.|
|5. Brushy Creek Sports Park
2310 Brushy Creek Road
|There’s a thick, lush patch near the park entrance. It also features a ranch-style wooden fence, giving it a country feel.|
|6. Just east of/across street from Heritage Oak Park
875 Quest Parkway
|There is a plentiful and lush patch of bluebonnets blooming along the sidewalk, plus there is a nearby parking lot for easy access.|
|7. Outside of the Krienke Ranch
13600 to 13900 Ronald Reagan Boulevard
|Bluebonnets line the right-of-way along Ronald Reagan Boulevard outside the barbed wire fence of Roland and Sharon Krienke’s cattle ranch they've worked for the past 54 years. They welcome you to safely park on one of their two driveways at outside their gates to snap a few photos in the public easement (roadside). Please stay out of the fenced area, as they do have a bull on their property.|
|8. Sagebrook Health Center
901 Discovery Blvd.
|Patches are just starting to pop up here. You can expect them to be fuller by the weekend of March 24.|
|9. Southeast corner of Anderson Mill and Cypress Creek Roads
(next to Cedar Park High School and the water tower)
|There are several large patches of bluebonnets here. Expect them to become thicker by the weekend of March 24.|
|10. Faubion Elementary School
1209 Cypress Creek Road
|A large patch just starting to pop up. Expect it to be fuller by the weekend of March 24.|
Honorable mentions go to the Cedar Park Recreation Center at 1435 Main Street and the Cedar Park Post Office at 500 East Whitestone Boulevard. Bluebonnets are scarcer than in past years but there are still some small groups of blooms here that will make good close-up photos.
• They are a-fleeting. The bluebonnets are just starting to pop up and will get thicker over the next week or two. But keep in mind that their blooms only last through about the middle to end of April – so get out there and snap your photos. Once the weather starts heating up towards May, the bluebonnet blooms are gone until the next year.
• If you see a path, take it. Staying on a beaten path through the bluebonnets will help keep you from unnecessarily flattening flowers, plus it helps you keep a closer eye out for snakes, insects and other wildlife as you’re traipsing through. (Critters love the lush cover that the bluebonnet patches provide.) Let us state the obvious: wear shoes. And if you see a blank space or “hole” in the patch, it’s generally a good place to stand or sit for your photos.
• Don’t be a creature of habit. Just because you found a great patch of bluebonnets last year does not necessarily mean that it will pop up in the same place this year. That’s because some of our traditionally best bluebonnet patches happen to also be located in drainage retention facilities, flood plains and inundation easements. The seeds can become water logged from repeated flood exposure and not always come back as in years past. But you can bet that if they’re on our list we’ve checked them out ourselves.
• Choose your lighting. It may seem counterintuitive, but partly cloudy or overcast skies usually provide the best lighting for outdoor photographs of people. Early morning also provides soft lighting. Bright sunlight, of course, is great for taking photos of just the flowers.
• There’s no need to ask us permission. The City of Cedar Park does not require photographers – professional or amateur – to take photos in our City-owned parks. They are free and open to all members of the public. Places on our Top Ten List that are not City parks are located in public areas or rights-of-way.
• Fake it! If any of the bluebonnet patches on our Top Ten List appear to be in too urban of a setting for you, zoom in and get a close-up. No one but you will ever know the difference.
• Please don’t pick the flowers. Yes, it’s technically illegal to “pick” Texas bluebonnets, as they are the official State Flower. Don’t get us wrong – it’s not like we’re not out there giving citations, but your neighbors are sure to “call you out” if they see you picking a bouquet of bluebonnets. Besides, the blooms tend to wilt upon their stems being picked. We simply ask that you please leave the bluebonnet blooms behind for others to enjoy as much as you do.
• The best camera’s the one you’ve got on you. So a wise old photographer once said. While you may be tempted to assemble all of your fancy camera gear keep in mind that today’s mobile phone cameras take great high-quality photographs. So if you see an opportunity to stop and snap a bluebonnets photo in one of these places, don’t wait. Take it.