In 1997 the Texas State Legislator designated Ennis as the home of the Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail and the Official Bluebonnet City of Texas. The wildflowers can be seen on the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails from April 1st through April 30th. The Ennis Bluebonnet Trails and the Ellis County Trails consist of over 40 miles of mapped driving trails that have in seasons past been hot spots for the bluebonnets and other wildflowers. These trails are some of the oldest trails in Texas and they receive 1000s of visitors from all of the state, nation and world wide each year.
2017 Ennis Bluebonnet Trails
On March 30th, 2017 we were able to get down to Ennis, Ellis County, Texas to explore the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails. We were a little early for the season but this year everywhere in the state the wildflowers have been popping early. Many of the landscape photographers I follow are saying they are opening up early and they aren’t as good as years before. From the pictures I’ve seen, I would have to agree.
Many of the areas that are popular we found didn’t have a great display, but still beautiful. We even explored off the beaten track and found some displays that were impressive.
We still think a trip to the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails is worth the trip if you are only a few hours away. For us, its only a two hour drive and lot easier to make a day trip to Ennis then it is to get down to Texas Hill Country or further south to the Big Bend Area.
About the Images
Images were shot by hand on a sunny day with a Sony A6000 using a Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 Lens or a Sony SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Lens or the Sony SELP1650 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens. The images were then edited using Adobe Lightroom to crop, straighten and clean up the images. I used Google NIK Collection and TopazLabs Clarity to add detail, add contrast, and sharpen/remove noise. As always my images are for sale with or without the watermark in digital and prints. Please contact me via the contact page for more information.