Even though it’s been an extremely busy and intense weekend, I wanted to offer up these photos taken on Saturday night during the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of North Williamson County, held at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Included were cancer survivors, but also plenty of caregivers. One young lady, from East View High School in Georgetown, managed to make it around the track while hula hooping. Because this day began before dawn, I didn’t stay until midnight, when this event came to a close, but I think you get the idea.
This Earth Day has been a very long one, but one that began sweetly at Blue Hole Lagoon in Georgetown, Texas. A friend, acupuncturist and massage therapist Jagjit “JK” Khalsa, stepped into this cool and cloudy Saturday with Qi Gong, which she refers to as Chinese Yoga. Qi Gong is a dance-like practice that connects with the universal life-force energy present in all of us .. chi. It’s a practice my friend likes to do near water. And Blue Hole is very nice water. Since it’s such a pretty piece of the earth, I’m including some scenic images from there, where I got to visit with a duck and a grackle.
This is something I attempted to photograph Thursday evening, but my timing was off by a couple of minutes. Tonight, I determined to get it right. You will always find recurring themes in my photography……windmills, sunrises, sunsets, barns, land. You get the idea. Hopefully I won’t bore you as I document the area where we live.
With Earth Day approaching on Saturday, I thought it might be appropriate to present some of the abundant Blackland Prairie earth where we live. The spring corn crops are little mighty fine this year. Fields are full of various shades of green. While we’ve had periods of heavy rain the last couple of months, the farmers’ bounty is striking to see. Mother Earth takes care of us when we, in turn, appreciate her gifts. All is well on our ocean of land.
On Thursday afternoon, with Central Texas temperatures in the mid-upper 80s, I ambled over to Georgetown, with nothing planned. A bit of the afternoon was spent enjoying the ambience of the Georgetown Public Library, a favorite respite from stress. After a while, however, I moseyed on out the door, and loaded my cameras in the passenger seat. Stopping at San Gabriel Park, I got out a book, but reading wasn’t what I needed. Photography was my medicine. With nothing catching my attention, I started up the car, planning to visit another good spot. Then, under the bridge spanning the San Gabriel River, there was this young lady, enjoying the afternoon while expertly (and safely…note the life preserver) navigating her kayak through the calm water. From a distance, I couldn’t tell how old she was. When her craft came closer, it was clear she wasn’t old enough to drive. A rule I try to follow is not taking young ones’ photos without a parent, or an adult in charge, nearby. As it happens, she mentioned her daddy was nearby, catching bait fish in a net. I found dad and asked if it was okay. He was fine with that. As it turns out, the little girl is only 9, but she was paddling like an old hand! She finally tired, taking her kayak out of the water while dad finished up his task.
If you look at (and actually find) the community of Nix, Texas, you’ll see that it sits just about at the center of our beautiful state. When we breezed by Nix last weekend, there wasn’t much to see, but I did find Nix Store, circa 1875. It appears to have been closed for a while. When I looked at the gas pump, the gasoline price was 42 cents a gallon. So it’s been a while. It’s good to see they had an outhouse, shown at left. Nix is a community in Lampasas County, Texas. According to what I found on Wikipedia, Nix, at one time in the late 1890s, reached a population of 27, but eventually included this store, a post office (inside the store) plus a combination church and school. As of 2000, the population had dwindled to 6. For whatever reason, I decided to put this out there in black and white.
Occasionally, it’s fun to break away from photojournalism and scenic landscapes, instead turning the lens on something small, which we may or may not notice in our hurry-up lives. This week, during a period of afternoon rains, umbrella in hand, I stopped by Murphy Park in Taylor, taking in in the beautiful small world of flowers and plants at Liberty Gardens. This post ends, however, with a goose, oblivious to the rain. In fact, I think she liked it, as did yours truly. Tiny landscapes, folks. Keep your eyes peeled.
We had a nice, steady rain this afternoon on the Blackland Prairie. I actually went out and shot some photos during that period of moisture, but when I went home, it seemed liked a good idea to revisit our Central Texas skies. Finding a rainbow made it all good. I couldn’t choose between the vertical and horizontal version of the farmhouse.. Opinions are welcomed! The last photo is Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, in Wuthrich Hill, one of the places I like to document from time to time.
Regency Bridge was our Sunday afternoon destination. Named for a community called Regency, not even a dot on the Texas state map, the one-lane wooden-surface bridge, built in 1939, is the only remaining suspension bridge still in use in Texas. Spanning the Colorado River, it regally sits at the confluence of San Saba and Mills Counties. In 1999, it was given a complete makeover, but in 2003, area teenagers accidentally set a fire on its surface. It reopened in 2005. To get to it, from either side, you must traverse a dirt road. You have to seriously want to find it, friends. While we visited, a young man decided to climb the thing. His mother exclaimed “He’s been climbing things all his life.” The Colorado River is, of course, nice, but so is this bridge.
We took a little drive today, meandering through San Saba and Lampasas Counties. Tonight’s posts are from San Saba County, Texas …. wildflowers along Texas Highway 16, between Lllano and San Saba, and another, along F.M. 500, north of San Saba, Texas. The space we have in Texas is quite special.