“The rare, albino white bluebonnets are an anomaly created by Mother Nature and are the result of a mutation in one of the genes responsible for producing the blue pigment. If pollinated from nearby blues, they will most likely produce blue blooms next year. To produce white flowers, an egg with the white mutant gene has to be fertilized by pollen with the same mutant gene. Guess you can tell that I am pretty excited about finding these in my yard this year and I have been researching to learn about them!”
Got a picture that perfectly captures how happy you are to live in the Lone Star State? This Texas Independence Day, send all photographic evidence of just how truly Texan you are to email@example.com or tweet us @statesman.
If you don’t have the perfect picture in mind, we’re unopposed to taking one just for the occasion. Bust out your boots, grab a Shiner, pull up a patch of bluebonnets, and remind everyone who doesn’t know just why Texans are so proud to be just that.
Love is in the air, and on the water, in Austin, Texas.
Wendy Martinez emailed the American-Statesman a photo of a rare moment she captured while hiking near Lady Bird Lake Saturday afternoon. The picture shows two swans huddled together, with their necks forming a heart.
“We were so lucky to have run into the swans that day. You never know where they are going to be!” Martinez said of the encounter. “Most mornings they can be found in front of the row club by Austin High. I also pointed out to my daughter that for years one of the swans was alone and in just the last year he/she found a partner. It is lovely to see them daily swimming around the lake!”
The Trail of Lights has been lighting up Austin for 50 years, but take a look at the the line of cars idling outside Zilker this weekend and you might have guessed this was the attraction’s premiere year. In what is one of the city’s major Christmas traditions, Austinites came out in droves to walk through the some 2 million twinkling lights lining the park’s pathways.
Check out some pictures from those who made it out to the attraction’s opening weekend below:
It’s the day after Halloween, but we’re set on keeping the spook alive. Relive your weekend fright by sending us pictures of you, or your dog, or your child, or your friend in costume. Especially if they all went dressed as each other.
We hope you get out there and catch them all, but as some users have reported, that might prove difficult in Austin. Several people have pointed out that Austin has essentially become a Pokémon Go desert. While some took to Twitter to tweet their frustrations, the official Pokémon Go Austin Reddit thread (yes, there’s one of those now) posted a call for users to report the “lack of content” in the city on the app’s support page.
How did you get to work this morning? Did you observe “National Bike to Work Day” and ride your bike through what was recently ranked the third most bikeable downtown in the U.S.? If so, we want to see all those bike pics you didn’t have a use for before! Send us a picture of your bike, yourself on your bike or something similar from your morning commute at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet us @statesman.
We want to see what weather looks like wherever you’re at in Austin. Send us your pictures of cloudy skies, flooded streets and just generally wet and drab conditions at email@example.com or on Twitter @statesman.
If you were surprised to wake up to a storming, hailing, thundering sky this morning you weren’t alone. Austin didn’t drop even the slightest hint to its weather plans, which included coin-size hail and as much as a third of an inch of rain in some parts. However, in characteristic Texas style, many are reporting cloudy skies already giving way to sunshine, and rainbows, rainbows, rainbows.