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Web Exclusive: Keeping safe in the bluebonnets, wildflowers this year

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(CBS/KBTX) - There's something about a field of wildflowers that draws out the photographer in all of us. In Central Texas, there are plenty photo ops, but stopping on the side of the road to take a picture can be downright dangerous. The Texas Department of Public Safety is warning Texans to be careful.

Shannon Morton has been taking pictures in the Brazos Valley for years. She's not ashamed to do what it takes to capture that winning baby smile and she knows where the wildflowers grow.

"This spot around Jane Long Middle School is a good spot. Another great spot that most people know about, but some may not, is at the George Bush Library," Shannon Morton, Newborn Photographer.

You don't have to travel far in this area to find a picturesque setting, you want to make that setting is a safe one. So before you pull off the road, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind

"I don't like to park on the highway. I always look for a spot where people can pull in and park," says Morton.

If you do park along an open highway, DPS officials say, play it safe.

"These flowers are a little bit of everywhere, so find you a safe spot where you can safely pull off the highway or off the main lane of traffic. Sometimes, even going out into the country, using the FM roads," says DPS Trooper.

Once you find that perfect spot - do a little recon before the shoot.

"I'm scouting for ants and snakes, because snakes love the tall Bluebonnets. But ants are also pretty common this time of year," says Morton.

Advice to keep you safe, so you can concentrate on what can be one of the most difficult of parenting tasks, getting your child to smile on cue.

Another thing to watch out for when scouting for a perfect spot, private property. Usually private land will be clearly marked by a fence or sign. If you're not sure, it may be a good idea to look for another location.

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