The snow plowed through East Williamson County, Texas like a freight train on Sunday. Tonight, it’s melting at a rapid clip. Some friends had more than 5 inches in their yards. I’m guessing that’s mostly gone by now. The opening photo was taken last night at Taylor’s Bull Branch Park, a quiet place. I was the only soul wandering around. The other photos were made this evening, all east of Granger. The snow is mostly history now, but we’ll remember the “blizzard” of 2021. Have I mentioned I don’t like snow? Each to his/her own.
It was rainy and cold at dawn this morning in Central Texas, but weather forecasters predicted snow. It started around mid-morning. continuing throughout the day. Photos presented here were taken today in Georgetown, but also Taylor and Jonah. Some are photojournalism, others pictorials. I do a little of both.
Only since returning to Texas have I developed an affection for photographing trees. Here are three made yesterday and this evening. Friday’s late-day light was phenomenal, very warm and inviting, represented here by the first two images. The last photo was made this evening as clouds begin to form near nightfall, very gray, but no less interesting. They’re saying we might get a dusting of snow on Sunday in Central Texas. We’ll see what happens.
Some photos made this evening near Christ Lutheran Church in Noack, Texas. The church came to fruition in 1891, comprised of German settlers. The current church has been here since 1916. The opening photo gives a sense of the rural character of the area. The rest are a tip of the hat to wonderful Texas sunsets.
The first photo is from Beyersville, a scene I’ve photographed several times over the years. Beyersville, in Southeast Williamson County, is one of my favorite areas to wander. The second photo was taken tonight in downtown Granger. With all that’s happening this week, I like the message. Hopefully, it’s not a pipe dream.
After all that’s happened on this turbulent day, tonight I did what I usually do, took a drive around the Blackland Prairie, observing the majesty of the day’s final light. Some scenes from East Williamson County, Texas. My therapy.
From Southeast Williamson County, Texas last evening. Ideally, a bird would’ve wandered through the frame in the two minutes the sky did its dance, but no birds were to be seen. If I were okay with “photoshopping” a bird into the photo, then I’d a photo, right? No. I’d have something not based in the reality of the moment. We see a lot of that on social media, don’t we? So this image pays respect to warm skies anchored by delicate clouds. Just that.
I’m a lover of maps, the ones you hold in your hands. Shortly after returning to Texas, a community named “Sharp” got my attention. Since it wasn’t far away, I made a drive there several years ago. These photos, made in December, are a revisit. Sharp is a community in Milam County. The current population might be 60 people. There’s not much there, but at one time there was a school, a church, a cotton gin, a general store and a cemetery. The cemetery remains. Founded in the 1870s, it’s named for Dr. William Franklin Sharp, a physician. To my knowledge we’re not related. Sharp School, like much of the community, looks kind of spooky. Students haven’t passed through its halls for a long time. I liked seeing the bench near the entrance, adorned with members of the Class of 1941. That class photo is fascinating, at least to me. I look at it again and again. Sharp Presbyterian Church, long dormant, was built in 1902. I’m not sure when the cotton gin ceased production. Sharp General Store, shown in the last photo, began in 1895, closing in 1985. It’s a bit of a ghost town, but it’s Sharp.
Some photos taken earlier this evening at Berry Springs Park & Preserve in Georgetown. I’d come to the park for a pictorial image or two, maybe a resident Great Blue Heron enjoying the pond, but I came away with something nicer, a 2-year-old and her daddy spending quality time together. By day’s end, she was one tired little lady. Relationships matter.
The opening photo was taken this evening in Bertram, Texas, a community of a little over 1300 in Burnet County, about 45 miles northwest of Austin. Established in 1882, it’s home to the Oatmeal Festival, normally held on Labor Day, but cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic. I covered the Oatmeal Festival parade for the Austin American-Statesman a few years ago. I hope they’re able to continue this year. The other photo is a long-shuttered cotton gin in Coupland, Texas, a community of about 300 in southeast Williamson County. The gin was included in “Secondhand Lions,” a 2003 movie filmed in this area. I hope to post more about little Texas towns very soon.