Bluebonnet Sightseeing Season Is Here, Reminders To See Them Safely

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The bluebonnets of Texas are in full bloom, and a couple of hot spots in our area are prompting drivers to pull over to admire the sites.

News 3 found one of the prettiest patches just outside Navasota.

But there are some friendly reminders on how to stay safe.

A sea of blue lines field after field in some parts of Texas.

And while it's a great time to pose for pictures, staying safe is important too.

Dozens of people stopped along Highway 6 just north of Navasota just a few feet from the highway, where cars were whizzing by at 75 miles an hour.

Kristen Bielamowicz was on her way home for Easter from College Station to Crosby amd stops every year with her dog Dakota.

"We had to stop by and take a pictures with the bluebonnets because they are so pretty," said Bielamowicz.

She tries to be safe.

"I tried to put my car as far over on the road as possible. Even a little off the shoulder just for precaution, safety purposes and I mean I should have parked on this side, but I figured it was easier on that side. And we wait until all the cars have gone by and we just both go across," she said.

It just wouldn't be springtime in Texas without our state wildflowers, but there are some things you should do to stay safe besides just watching out for cars.

Texas State Troopers say it's ok to stop and enjoy the flowers, but make sure you pull far enough off the road and not on curves or hills where drivers may not see you stopped.

It's also a good idea to watch out for fire ants, snakes, and bees.

"As long as you don't mess with them, they're not going to bother you," said Bielamowicz.

Trish and Jim Maiz were taking in the sites driving from Magnolia.

"This is probably the biggest patch we've seen driving around so far," said Trish Maiz.

Navasota resident Helen Daviss had to get pretty pictures of her family too, keeping an eye on the litte ones.

"We hold hands, we all get out of the same time and we all run really fast!," said Daviss.

And of course Washington County and the Brenham area are known as some of the closest places to see fields of bluebonnets.

If you are traveling around other parts of the state and want to keep your kids far from busy roads, the Mercer Arboretum in Humble and Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin both have bluebonnet viewing areas.

The bluebonnet has been the official state flower of Texas since 1901.