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|©1017 The Texas Panhandle: Palo Duro Canyon Panorama (2nd largest canyon in US)|
|©1022 The Texas Panhandle: Caprock Canyon||©1038 The Texas Panhandle: Aztec Milling - Cotton Mill||©1029 Texas Panhandle:
Prairie Dog Town Fork of
the Red River
Prairies & Lakes
|Our photo journey in Texas||©1040 Prairies & Lakes:
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"Pecos & Rio Grande"
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|©1032 BIG BEND: McDonald Observatory - Mt Locke||©1020 BIG BEND: Pecos & Rio Grande River||Adobe Flash Player is required|
|The Lone Star State
©1030 BIG BEND: Amistad Reservoir - Rio Grande River
|©1023 BIG BEND: Boaters on the Pecos River|
|The Lone Star State
©1034 BIG BEND: El Capitan of the Guadalupe Mountains
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This Gallery is
all about Texas!! 1835
A gunshot fired at Gonzales Courthouse,
a small town in the heart of texas, proclaimed the Texas Revolution had
begun. The Texas War of Independence riled against the rule of Mexico;
Texas had had two stars on their flag...(one for its sister city in Mexico)
but on March 2, 1836, Texas became the Lone Star State...Santa Anna had
been defeated. The last battle, fought at San Jacinto, east of Houston,
is commemorated with a monolith taller than the "Washington Monument"!
But Independence did not last. By 1845, Texas had been annexed by
Texas has an immense variety of Geographic features. There's the Topography of The Texas Panhandle, Big Bend, The Hill Country, The Gulf Coast,The Piney Woods, Prairies & Lakes and The South Texas Plains. Cattle, cotton, oil, and abundant cactus are found in Texas.
The Rio Grande river is the border with Mexico; the Amistad Reservoir (dam in Del Rio captures the Rio Grande) delivers water to both sides of the border. It's a National Recreation area allowing fishing, scuba diving and boating. Incredible Yucca (New Mexico State Flower) thrive in this area. They are also called "Lamps of the Lord" for their mass of white flowers.
The heartland of Texas, The Hill Country, is home to two of the major population centers in Texas....San Antonio and Austin. North of Austin, under the auspices of the University of Texas at Austin, is the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Sanctuary. It's a unique public botanical garden devoted EXCLUSIVELY to native plants. West of Austin, the Sabinal River meanders through the tiny town of Utopia, Texas... named for its fantastic climate.
The Piney Woods in East Texas has long been the site of logging 4 species of pine; the Logging Museum in Lufkin has a Log loader...technology still found in use today. This area is also home to Nacogdoches University...the only non-sectarian University stemming from the days (1845) when Texas was it's own country! The warm, wet climate nurtures the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Gardens adjacent to the campus.
It's an unusual sight to see large, complex homes on stilts to protect against the occasional tropical cyclone which can raise the water nearly 20 feet. Even the Lighthouse stands on long legs. But the Javelinas, surfers, and even Live Oaks take the winds of the Atlantic in stride finding 86 degree water irresistible!
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Last Updated 2-16-2017