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Bluebonnets offer colorful backdrop throughout Texoma

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Bluebonnets are blossoming along Texas highways. (KTEN) Bluebonnets are blossoming along Texas highways. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Capturing special moments is what professional photographer Andy Ward does for a living, and she says there's no better backdrop than then bluebonnets.

"This time of year is crucial for my business," Ward said. "I love this area in particular around the Denison Dam; the bluebonnets are beautiful, and I probably have 5,000 pictures of families around bluebonnets, at least!" 

As bluebonnet season enters full bloom, Ward was out with her family on Saturday afternoon, taking pictures of her youngest children and making the most of the gorgeous scenery.

"We just came over here to have fun and play and see all the flowers," said Ward's daughter Carly.

The bluebonnet is a wildflower that brings in people from near and far, young and old, to see its unmistakable beauty.

"The bluebonnet is to Texas what the lily is to France and the shamrock is to Ireland," said Sue Malnory, a volunteer at the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.

She said the bluebonnet is also much more than just an iconic image of Texoma in springtime; it actually produces as much as 100 pounds of nitrogen per acre.

"Bluebonnets are part of the 'P' family, and the 'P' family helps fix nitrogen in our soil, and keeps our soil viable for other plants," Malnory explained.

The bluebonnet; an integral part of nature, has also become a staple in many parts of Texoma.

"You can kind of know that it's 'Texomaland,'" Ward said. "It brings that special family thing to the pictures, where as you can get your picture done in a studio and it could've been any studio, but here you got that 'specialness' of Texas. I think other than the fact that they're gorgeous, it's what it represents -- it's family, it's Texas, it's something special."

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