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|©1033 Hill Country: Texas Contentment - Longhorn Cow|
|The Lone Star State
©1018 Hill Country:
Sabinal River with Bald Cypress Trees - Utopia Texas
|This Texas map is of different areas of Texas and shows where the pictures were taken.|
|©1031 Hill Country:
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center Austin Tx
|©1030 Hill Country: Ladybird Johnson Trumpet Vines Austin Tx|| ©1036 Hill Country:
Thorn Crested Agave
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|©1037 Piney Woods: Log Loader at Forestry Museum - Lufkin TX||©1041 Piney Woods: Gay Feather Azalea -Nacogdoches University|
|The Lone Star State
©1028 Gulf Coast: Galveston Houses on Stilts
|©1025 Gulf Coast: Galveston Surfer in the Gulf of Mexico||©1035 Gulf Coast: Half Moon Reef Lighthouse - Port Lavaca||©1024 Gulf Coast: Javelina (Collared Peccary)Victoria TX|
|©1027 Gulf Coast: American Alligator (fresh water)||©1021 Gulf Coast: Live Oak Tree in Victoria Texas|| ©1019
San Jacinto Monument
This Gallery is:
Gunshot fire in Gonzales, 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 the United States.
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 Utopia, TX...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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