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A Taste of Texas Beauty



There is no question that we Texans suffer from a certain amount of ‘pardonable’ national pride.
Hardly surprising for a state that has lived under six different flags
and for a time existed as an independent ‘nation’.


Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession
.Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.
And there's an opening convey of generalities. A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner.”
For better or worse, Texas looms large in the minds of it’s citizens..native born or not.

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So strong is our love for our state’s identity and heritage…
that though my family moved here when I was two….
I spent the next 16 years attempting to live down my Yankee/Hoosier roots.

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I took a lot of good natured ribbing in school.
That’s OK, we don’t blame anyone who wants to be a Texan. How could we?

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The Sun is riz..
the sun is set..
and here we is..
in Texas yet..

(A saying taught me by my mother on the long drive to get OUT of Texas to start a vacation!)


Our symbols, like our land and our dreams..are big too… and important to us,
though sometimes shared with other western states.


“Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, 

which in Texas, is called "walking."”

 

 George W. Bush Former President of the United States
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The cowboy is an iconic image in Texas along with oil fields,
Colt peacemaker six-shooters, and our beloved horses.
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So prevalant is this stereotype …. that my German born DIL fully expected to see
every man wearing a hat, riding a horse, and carrying a gun when she first arrived.
Imagine her delight on first seeing the mounted police in The Woodlands Waterway shopping center. LoL!
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What can you say about the spirit and determination of a people whose favorite epitaph is ..

Well..He sure died with his boots on!
I  can only say that I certainly hope I do too some day…
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I never realized how much I was attached to the dry, rugged plains of the Hill Country

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and the hardy splashes of colorful beauty that dot the roadside fields with wildflowers each spring

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…not, that is..until we moved to Florida for a year. It felt claustrophobic in comparison.
I was SOoooo glad when we moved back home!
  
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No huge expanse of deep blue sky, no sunsets reaching as far as the eye could see…
(except at the beach of course) :o)

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over golden fields of wheat or hay………

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or deep golden gorges broken by occasional clumps of craggy trees

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goats frisking in their pens….and hardy cows quietly chewing their cud.

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Florida has it’s own  intoxicating beauty…. but I missed the quiet loveliness of the rural landscape…
Peaceful…sleepy…timeless beauty…

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I have to say that ….I wasn't BORN here in Texas,
but I got here as quick as I could!

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Note: These photos were taken by Rebekah Rodgers..
of our home and neighborhood in Willis, Tx. and the city of Brenham, Tx
...and the route along the way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM6NRhg_Xoc

Want a little video tour? This music video tour  put to the song Texas by George Strait is the best I've ever seen. He expresses our love for Texas and just perfectly. You'll feel like you've really been here after listening to this. :o)


Linking with
Tracie's Cottage Flora Thursdays


 Natasha's Sunday Song
and

Cindy's Show and Tell Friday

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NOTE: Cameras used were all point and shoot digital cameras.
Mine (which Rebekah borrowed) is a Sony Cyber-shot 14.1  MP
7x optical zoom   ($250.00)

We have also gotten great results with a
  Kodak Easyshare Camera M583 ($159.00)

Read this post for improving your photos.

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12 comments:

Gloria said...

Wow!! Those photos are beautiful. I have to learn to take better photos or get a better camera. Any suggestions on a good digital camera? You make me love Texas and I've never been there. I'l love to go eat where they have that place with lots of restaurants surrounded by water? So I hear. It's awesome over there and your post was intoxicating. Have a great Friday.

Shirley said...

Oh Donna,
These are some awesome pictures of Texas..Some of the best I have seen. I have now seen another side of Texas and I like it..
Sincerely,
~Shirley

Kerrie said...

Donna, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this post!! It actually made me homesick for the mountains, hills and lakes of farmcountry in Auburn, New York. There is something about the country, the smell of new turned earth and the spring....Big Hugs♥

mickey said...

'Texas is...' the only place I've been stopped for speeding. Got a warning. Nice photographs!

Maria Killam said...

Beautiful Donna. I loved the line at the end about how you got 'here as fast as you could'. It would be nice to live somewhere where it's sunny, different from Seattle and Vancouver where we get so much rain!!
Great post,
xo
Maria

Tim Rodgers said...

Having been 'imported' from the Seattle area myself when I was 19 [which by the way, Maria, I never minded the rain too much because of the incredible beauty it creates in the northwest :)], it took me a while to adjust to the Texas climate and culture. But, after living here for almost 30 years I must say that the culture of Texas is really something special - though I'm still working on adjusting to the climate...

And of course, honey, best of all Texas is where I found my Yellow Rose (you)! ;]

WheelchairDecor said...

You are certainly a Texan through and through! My mom is from Buna, TX but she married a Utah boy. I grew up lovin' to visit my Texas relatives...and learned fast about Texas pride! :o)

Your blog is great. I will enjoy visiting often!

I am following, hope you can stop by for a visit!

Thanks, Becky Jane
Raising kids can be a lot like weeding the rose bed...well worth it, but...OUCH!
http://myelevenreasons.blogspot.com/
http://wheelchairdecor.blogspot.com/

northshore_fish said...

Love all these Texan shots! Exactly what i picture visiting Texas should be like! so glad you linked up the post to Cottage Flora Thursdays so more "folks" can see your beatiful place! xoxo

Handmaid Joanna said...

This is wonderful. I live in a rural area south of San Antonio. And I totally agree with you on all of this!

Hugs,
Joanna

Deb said...

What gorgeous pictures!!! Thank you for linking up at "Fantastic Friday", Ms. Donna...HOPE you have a great weekend!

Kristy said...

Love your photos!!

Rodney said...

Hope we can get there some day as my wifes grandma lives there right by the new Cowboy stadium.

Anyways, my wifes name is Annette (pastors wife)and she just opened her blog to public setting as she wants to be an encouragement and blessing to people (she is also hoping to do giveaways). I was trying to be an encouragement to her by asking if you would be willing to swing by and say hi as she does not know many people in the blog world? Thank you for considering. Her blog is

http://continuedwonder.blogspot.com/

Thank You,
Rodney(Annette's husband

“There's nothing half so pleasant as coming home again.” ~ Margaret Sangster
Welcome to Comin' Home! If you lived nearby, I'd invite you over to my neck of the woods for a nice long chat and a cup of tea out on the deck. But since we can't do that, I hope you'll stay and look around. I love learning new things and sharing what I learn with friends. Comin' Home is where I share tips from my many projects. Let's have some fun together! XO Donna

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