We really wanted to take a drive out into the Hill Country to see the wildflowers last week. We've been enjoying them as we drive around town, and we knew they must be hitting their peak in the country side. But we just didn't have the time for a leisurely drive on top of all the other things we had to do.

primroses and verbena

So the compromise: walk around the lake at Cedar Park Town Center.

bluebonnets and primroses

The lake is less than a mile from our house, and there were many wildflowers to see along our walk there.

iris

The lake, usually beautiful on its own, makes an even more beautiful backdrop for the flowers.

bluebonnets and the lake

The sidewalk hasn't been completed around one side of the lake, so we followed the path animals and hikers before us had created in the brush...

Lisa resting on a rock

...before rejoining the path on the other side.

wildflowers

On the other side of the lake, we saw an amazing variety of birds as well as wildflowers (which I'll post pictures of tomorrow).

verbena

And a final pose with the Texas state flower (bluebonnets) before heading home.

Ronak and bluebonnets

Tomorrow: Walk Around the Lake Part 2: Birds

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In 2007, we moved to Austin, and this blog chronicled our adaptation to Texas life: festivals, wildflowers, and bats - oh my! Then we had a baby, and that changed everything, so now, we blog about where to buy organic food, what parks are fun for babies, which exterminator is taking care of our scorpion problem. (You know, the usual parental concerns.)

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