By Jessica Domel – Texas Farm Bureau

It finally feels like spring has officially sprung. The grass is greener, the sun is shining and Texas wildflowers have returned.

It’s one of my favorite times of the year.

There’s nothing quite like driving down a country road and seeing fields upon fields of vibrant reds, yellows and blues.

To me, it is nature’s way of saying, “Thanks for putting up with winter. Here’s a beautiful bouquet, just for you.”

Like most Texans, I love taking photos of my sweet nieces and loved ones posing in iconic Texas bluebonnets. It’s a Texas tradition!

One thing that isn’t a Texas tradition is trespassing.

It’s something I see every year when our precious wildflowers return. I find people walking through pastures, into lawns and up strangers’ driveways just to get the perfect shot.

Although bluebonnets, paintbrushes and the like are a shared joy by many, it’s just plain un-Texan to infringe upon others’ private property rights.

You never know what you could encounter. You could find unfriendly animals, people or a dangerous situation without knowing it.

Also, it’s illegal.

So it’s always best to stay in public areas (away from traffic, please) or ask someone’s permission before walking through their property.

After all, it’s the Texan thing to do.