It seemed proper to find some imagery to mark Texas Independence Day. Initially, I was not liking the weather, rainy and cold most of the day. But as night enveloped East Williamson County, Texas, the fog rolled in, enhancing the beautiful landscape. Spending 35 years away from Texas causes me to have an even greater appreciation of where I grew up. Even though I hail from Northeast Texas, in the Piney Woods part of the state, this Blackland Prairie part of the Lone Star state has really grown on me. When we left Georgia, I kind of longed for moving back to my tree-laden area, but economics led us here, near Austin. It’s been the right thing. The ocean has always been fascinating, so expansive and open. But this beautiful farm country is my “land ocean,” and that’s okay.