Tuesday Travels: Birthday Weekend

Anytime we have the chance to get out of town for a change of scenery, we go. Generally speaking our favorite destinations have always been in the hill country of Texas. It is only about a three hour drive, depending on where we are headed, and it is a world away from the hustle and bustle of big city life.

Texas is so big and so diverse that it doesn’t take long to move from one kind of topography to another. Coastal plains give way to a gentle rise and fall with lush greenery and then comes the rocky terrain and hills west of San Antonio before it flattens out into the vast deserts of true west Texas. And all of that doesn’t even include the piney woods of east Texas or the other areas north or far south. It is an amazing place to live.

I realized this weekend that my love for old things, the abandoned and long forgotten buildings, items that are weathered and slowly deteriorating back into the earth also extends to trees. I find a great deal of beauty in the toppled or dying trees. They are sculpture in my eyes. The hill country is littered with such trees.

Tropical storms from the Pacific came raging across Mexico and plowed down everything in their path. Fortunately, the city of Kerrville is primarily build up high so the majority of the damage was to low lying river beds and other areas left to nature. Giant cypress trees were uprooted and toppled. Just lying there. Too heavy to move without the use of huge equipment. Some clearing has occurred but there is still much left to do.

Sometimes when the waters recede, things long buried resurface.

This cypress branch dangles from a larger limb. The beauty of the wood, stripped of its bark, is now on full view for anyone to slows down to notice.

Fresh greener grows side by side with the dying and decaying trees. This area endured a torrential flood back in October.

All these pictures were taken as we walked just a small portion of a nature trail that winds its way through town. The city of Kerrville has done an amazing job of protecting and yet making available its natural resources.

My Morning View

The cabins we stayed in sit along the banks of the Guadalupe River. I sat on the balcony and listened to the birds and the water flowing briskly across the rocks and debris. When we were here last October the other side of the bank was covered in brush. Now the most of that has been swept downstream.

I sketched.

I made some yarn.

Willow City Loop

There is a famous (in Texas) drive that loops around a huge section of ranch land. Cattle graze and roam freely so one does need to be careful. It is one of our must do drives whenever we visit. I will leave you with several more images of our weekend and our beloved wild Texas.

This view never gets old.

Look carefully and you will see a deer grazing.
This was such a delightful surprise. Not many folks live here. I adore the split rail fence.
I always take pictures of the lichen growing on rocks. I can’t get enough of it.

This is Texas to us. We love it so much and I am happy to share a bit with you. I hope this inspires you to find the beauty wherever you live. Go out and enjoy God’s creation, it is time well spent.

Until tomorrow, keep looking up, embrace today and go have some fun!

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