Flew into Texas yesterday afternoon, and now I’ve been out here for about 18 hours. Here’s some of what I’ve observed so far:
This was the first photo I took as soon as I got out of the Austin Airport. The first thing I thought was “oh, this is what dry air feels like.” Not that we’re in serious desert here, and it’s still kind of humid, but compared to the swampy air of Virginia, it’s quite a contrast.
On the hour long drive from Austin to my friend’s ranch, I was definitely made aware of the great difference between here and home. For one, I’ve read that Texas is in the midst of a serious multi-year drought (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_south.htm), and it definitely shows in the landscape. The fields are already golden-yellow, and everything just looks parched, especially to my rain-soaked Virginia eyes. There were a bunch of beautiful roadside wildflowers, which I hope to photograph while I’m here.
After driving through many miles of fields, scrubland, and a couple of small Texas towns, we arrived just before sunset at my friend’s ranch. A fair amount of drinking and merriness ensued, and I was up pretty late. Nonetheless, I got up early this morning, figuring I would do some exploring before it got too hot, then siesta in the afternoon.
and some more open, savannah-looking areas:
One of my jobs this morning was to hand water their garden, which looks pretty good (thanks to frequent hand-watering), especially compared to the dessiccated state of the rest of the vegetation.. I was delighted to see that they had ripe tomatoes, which we aren’t going to get for another month at least at home!
well, that’s all for now. More updates to come in the days ahead…