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Stop and Smell the Roses ...
God Doesn't Charge Admission

Stop and smell the roses. If they are wild ones, that is. One of the free pleasures on the road RVing is getting to see the wonderful flowers that nature offers us. The blooms are really colorful.





While traveling north from southern Texas this spring, Coleen and I followed spring, so to speak. Everywhere we went spring was in full bloom. Nature's flowers are free for RVers to appreciate.

Wild Texas CactusOne of the Many Colorful Wild Texas Cactus We Saw

While traveling north from southern Texas this spring, Coleen and I followed spring, so to speak. Everywhere we went spring was in full bloom. Nature's flowers are free for RVers to appreciate.

While still in Texas, we enjoyed the traditional Texas bluebells.

Also in Texas, we saw some of the gnarliest, ragged, beat up cactus I'd ever seen. This one bunch, close to six feet tall, had the look of the old west. It would have been great in the background of an old western movie. We just happened to see it during the week or so while it was in full bloom with 70-100 light yellow blooms on its spine covered paddles.

Purple WildflowersPretty Little Purple Wildflowers

In the sparse grass in the RV park, there were small orange flowers. They were about the size of the end of a pencil eraser. You really needed to stoop down or kneel to see what they were after you saw a slight glimpse of color in the grass.

I don't know what most of the wild flowers actually are, most are probably weeds.

Right now, there are purple, blue, yellow, white, orange, and pink blooms in the area surrounding our trailer. These are in the Black Hills in South Dakota, in May. The pictures here show a few of them.

Black Hills Wild Flower BloomsBlack Hills Wild Flower Blooms

Sometimes while in RV parks, the manicured lawns just contain grass, but a short walk away, my dog and I find nature's beauty in the road ditch or in a vacant field nearby.

Nature offers its spring flowers usually only a week or two every year in each region. This year, traveling north, stopping along the way, we saw the beauty of these spring wildflowers for over eight weeks.

Take time and look. Move off the beaten path. It's free. God doesn't charge admission.

Wild Flowers of South DakotaSD Wildflowers Outside My RV Door

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Editor's note: My husband, Bob Nilles, wrote this article. He's great about stopping to point out neat things in nature for us to look at and enjoy. Sometimes flowers, but also rocks, birds, butterflies, mushrooms, buds on the trees, frost patterns on the windshield, etc. RVing gives us the opportunity to see a wider variety of these offerings than if we remained fixed in one place.

Go to the page indexing the other articles Bob wrote.





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