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4/23/2016 2:41 PM

Field Report:  4/22/2016
Locations: Kendall County


  • I-10 between Boerne and Comfort - Wow! Best variety of wildflowers I have seen in years.
  • James Kiehl River Bend Park - small stretch of mealy blue sage plus several other wildflowers.
  • FM-473 and Old #9/Old San Antonio RD from Comfort to Old Tunnel SP
  • FM-289 south from Comfort - lots of variety along this route with ample locations to park and get close-ups and small scenes.

May Wildflower Bonanza

Mealy Blue Sage at James Kiehl River Bend Park, Kendall County

I spent a few hours on Earth Day scouting, and I was pleasantly surprised to see a variety of wildflowers including mealy blue sage, Engelmann's daisy, prairie penstemon, greenthread, daisy fleabane and others. May wildflowers are in full bloom already along parts of I-10 (medians, shoulders and frontage roads) from Boerne to Kerrville.

I traveled east on FM-473 and north on Old #/Old San Antoio RD to Old Tunnel State Park. The coverage was very much below average along this favorite road of mine, but I did see some Engelmann's daisies, firewheels and mealy blue sage. I stopped along the way at James Kiehl River Bend Park ( which is just a couple miles east of FM-473. There I found a really nice stretch of mealy blue sage.  At Old Tunnel, there is a short .5 mile trail at Old Tunnel SP that in the past provided some opportunities for small scenes and close-ups.  Right up the road is a favorite cafe - Alamo Springs Cafe. Come later towards evening just after sunset and you might see some Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from the Old Tunnel. You can either have some dinner before or after the bat watching.

A really great road to travel if you want to get out and get some close-ups is FM-289 from Comfort. This road will run parallel to I-35 as a frontage road with several areas where you can pull over.  Friday when I traveled FM-289 there was average to above average coverage along most of the route.  Also along this route is the Joshua Springs Preserve ( where you might be able to get some small landscape shots of wildflower covered pastures, as well as some photos of songbirds.

It is looking really promising in some locations for some nice displays of May-June wildflowers.  There are so many natural areas, county parks, state parks and river access areas that with little effort I am positive you can find some nice opportunities if not for large landscapes certainly for close ups and small scenes.  Do not give up on Texas Wildflowers just because the bluebonnets are fading, there is much more to come!

Also see

"Mealy Blue Sage In Bloom" update at:

"Wildflower Fire Spreading Through Mason County" -


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4/24/2016 2:49 PM

Thanks for the report, Rich!

I hope to find some large fields of red and gold in a few weeks... just trying to be patient.

Heading back to Big Bend this weekend in search of more prickly pear blooms.

Have a good week, and thanks again for the update.


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4/24/2016 3:13 PM

Hi Rob,

Yeah, I'm waiting for the same, but this year's timing has been so off that not sure two weeks will be too early or too late. Mike Jones posted a photo of Texas 16 with firewheels at full bloom, which is about a week too early. I saw a few prickly pear blooms on Friday.  Good luck on your Big Bend hunt, that is still on my list of spots to visit.


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4/24/2016 4:16 PM

Hey Rich...

I'm hoping 2 more weeks for the firewheels. Our land was full of bluebonnets and after that come the firewheels. Right now we only have a few red blooms, but it will hold a lot of red pretty soon ... hoping the same is true around Llano. The photo Mike posted was along the road, and Johnny said there were not many firewheels in the fields yet. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

You'd like Big Bend. With a backdrop of the Chisos, the prickly pear blooms can be quite breathtaking.

See you out there :-)


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