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Gallery 60N


11 Big Bend - Guadalupe Mountains Photos


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Palo Duro Canyon Carved by Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River
©1017 The Texas Panhandle: Palo Duro Canyon Panorama  (2nd largest canyon in US)
The Panhandle
Caprock Canyon - South of Amarillo near Lubbock
©1022 The Texas Panhandle: Caprock Canyon
Azteca Milling Flour Mill
©1038 The Texas Panhandle: Azteca Milling - Flour Mill
Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River (carved entire Palo Duro Canyon!)
©1029 Texas Panhandle:
Prairie Dog Town Fork of
the Red River
Prairies & Lakes
small Texas Map
Our photo journey in Texas

The Gonzales Courthouse - site of first shot of Texas Revolutionary War
©1040 Prairies & Lakes:
Gonzales Courthouse
Big Bend, Texas: McDonald Observatory - Mt Locke - near Ft Davis
©1032 BIG BEND: McDonald Observatory - Mt Locke
Big Bend Texas: Pecos & Rio Grande River - Hills of Old Mexico  in Chihauhan Desert
©1020  BIG BEND: Pecos & Rio Grande River
Big Bend
Big Bend Texas: Amistad Reservoir - Rio Grande River near Del Rio; delivers water to both sides of border
The Lone Star State
©1039 BIG BEND:  Amistad Reservoir - Rio Grande River
Big Bend, Texas: Boaters on the Pecos River under Pecos Bridge. Trucks travel to Del Rio
©1023 BIG BEND: Boaters on the Pecos River
El Capitan of the Guadalupe Mountains - Tallest Mountains in Texas; in Chihuahuan Desert
The Lone Star State
©1034 BIG BEND: El Capitan of the Guadalupe Mountains
Yucca Flower in Chihuahuan Desert
©1026 BIG BEND:
Yucca Flower

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 the USA.
     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, grain, 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 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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