This is Central Texas

By: wanderingtexgrrl , 9:09 PM GMT on December 12, 2005

Since my "This is Texas" entry seems to be bulging at the seams making it a loading nightmare for many people, I am going to reorganize it into 5 sections. I will start putting photos into their respective regions, and in Texas that would have to be at least 5. East, West, North, South and Central.

Central Texas, that area bounded mainly between San Antonio and DFW, and contains the beautiful "Hill Country" of Texas.

To view all 5 regions of Texas on one page please see my December Blog page.

Misty Morning (FishCat)
Misty Morning
I really felt lucky to drive up to the tank with the steam comming up and the sun just coming up through the trees. This photo was taken just outside of Goldthwaite TX
A Relaxing Afternoon (TexasKeyLady)
Onion Creek is in the Texas Hill Country near Wimberly, Texas (southwest of Austin).
A Relaxing Afternoon
Guadalupe River (rp0014)
Beautiful and cold Guadalupe River and Guadalupe River State Park
Guadalupe River
Carpet of Blue (AustinHill)
Wild flowers are in full bloom near Waxahachie Lake this week. An exceptionally wet fall and winter season has allowed mother nature to carpet the hills with Blue Bonnets as far as the eye can see.
Carpet of Blue
Atop Mt Bonnell (johnhc)
Atop Mt Bonnell
Austin Skyline (johnhc)
Austin Skyline
Driftwood ,TX (wwstotx)
Driftwood ,TX
Green (kellysdreams)
Beautiful Cypress Creek
Drift (kellysdreams)
Cypress Trees
A Look at the Past (TERRYT)
A photo taken near Gatesville Texas, where it is very dry right now, with a old windmill and livestock. I know it doesnt show green grass but this is how it looks.
A Look at the Past
Guadelupe River Crossing 4 (houstonaxl)
Guadelupe River Crossing 4
Pure Texas (TERRYT)
This photo was taken in the Cowboy Capital of the World.
Pure Texas
Sea of BlueBonnets (surgerynurse)
Taken at Wildseed Farms near Fredericksberg, TX.
Sea of BlueBonnets

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11. clearlakemike
9:32 PM GMT on March 20, 2006
Susan, after meeting you and hearing about the various Texas environments that I am not really familiar with either, I too, am surprised at the diversity as depicted in your beautiful gallery and collection.

I do spend a lot of time in southeastern TX, as I mentioned to you, and that is more like SW Louisiana apparently, beautiful bayous filled with cypress trees.

Actually, I have had a chance to see other parts of Texas briefly in the past and your gallery reminded me that there is a lot of diverse landscapes there. The hill country of Austin is so different from Houston and SE TX. One time we drove to San Antonio and that was a beautiful and interesting experience in the southwest part of the state. As I told you, the Missions in San Antonio reminded me of California.

One time we drove from SF to Orange, right after 9/11, and saw the changing landscape from the arid western part of the state along I-10 through the southern part of the state to the eastern border. Texas is like California and Florida, except horizontally (and I guess vertically)in that it takes a long time to get from one end to the other.

Years ago, I drove I-40 across the US and got to see the panhandle part of TX where Sadie shoots the beauty of that part of the state.
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10. AnneAbrams
6:31 AM GMT on February 02, 2006
I am also surprized at the variety and richness of Texas country. Thanks for a beautiful tour. All great images. Ann e
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9. rboerger
7:52 PM GMT on January 27, 2006
Looking at those photos reminds me why my wife and I want so desperately to return to Central Texas after nearly five years in purgatory (i.e. D/FW area). Thanks.
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7. whitewabit
5:43 AM GMT on January 10, 2006

The picture of the typical Mills County creek looks so inviting to sit on its bank and have your feet in the creek laying back watching the clouds float by..
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6. imaris
6:04 AM GMT on January 04, 2006
AustinTX and Susan, That was very funny!.... But I feel a bit guilty laughing at disparaging remarks about Lubbock because I used to study with a wonderful teacher, a native New Yorker, who left NYC and resettled in Lubbock after marrying a native Lubbock-ian.... So, I would love to have a look at the Lubbock area, even if the photos are not postcard-perfect.

Susan, maybe at some point, you can do a special, limited edition "This is Texas" of the Rugged Beauty of the scraggly terrain of Lubbock. I betcha scraggly can be beautful too. And since you are already giving out photo assignments, maybe there is a photog listening who would like to take on the Lubbock challenge.
5. wanderingtexgrrl
11:50 PM GMT on January 03, 2006
LOL @ AustinTX! Maris, he is right, of course we have what you imagined but it just isn't like that all over. I just don't post photos of those scraggly dry areas. :-) But actually if I can find one that isn't too scary I will.

I post to this blog your typical scenic shots of Texas. Places where I have been and know that is what it really looks like (with the exception of West Texas which I haven't been to yet). I try to post those photos that capture the essence of what I call the "Rugged Beauty" of this land. I also throw in an occasional cityscape to show it is a land of contrasts. It isn't just all hayfields either. Our big cities are new and shiny and bustling.

Okay AustinTX, I have a mission for you, I need a good photo of the UT clock tower! Go for it! If you don't deliver I will post your bio portrait into my "This is Central Texas" section. Now I am going to go and try to find a nice photo to post of Lubbock.....(gulp, wish me luck).
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4. Trouper415
9:39 PM GMT on January 03, 2006
Very nice pics. Looks like a beautiful area to live.
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3. AustinTX
9:32 PM GMT on January 03, 2006
"I had such a limited (and wrong) perception of Texas -- flat and scraggily dry areas with little vegetation. Boy was I wrong!"

No, you were right... we call that "Lubbock." hehe.

Great pics!
2. imaris
3:52 AM GMT on January 03, 2006
I am learning so much from these photos -- and especially now that you have added the divisions to put things into geographical perspective.

I had such a limited (and wrong) perception of Texas -- flat and scraggily dry areas with little vegetation. Boy was I wrong!

And, this is wonderful that you have considered those of us with dialup!

1. phillyfan909
4:32 AM GMT on January 02, 2006
Great pics! Good idea to split it up. My dialup connection would just choke otherwise.

Keep up the fine work.

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