Along FM 1623 iPhoneography: captured and processed ‘in camera’
There are many Blanco Rivers (Rio Blanco) in the world. The one in the Texas Hill Country, is fed by underground springs that travel the better part of 100 miles above and below ground to its union with the San Marcos River, and ultimately the Gulf.
The Wayne Smith Dam is one of many dams, or weirs, that create the pools that nurture the local wildlife and conserve the water during droughts. They are also a stepping stone approach to managing flash flooding which is a constant, but often unfulfilled, threat.
Aps used: Camera+ and HDR…. to see more…click… iPhoneography
20120621_backroadsTX_0008 My Kind of Road, Upper Albert is…
One of the great joys of my job as a backroads explorer is suddenly seeing a view that captures my heart. Chili and I travel slowly with windows down, the fresh morning scent of furrowed red loam and newly cut sweet grass fills our senses. I was backtracking from a job interview at Becker Wines in Stonewall, TX.
Upper Albert Road is one of the original farm roads, zigzagging between owners and fields. Although it is paved now, it is barely wide enough for two pickups to pass. There are no lines to constrain you and little traffic to accommodate. I am free to stop at will…on the wrong side of the road…so I can clamber into the back of my truck for a better perspective of the fields, as the breeze makes the long grass dance. I watched the band of sunlight travel down this road as the clouds moved. I shot as it lit up this iconic oak, painting a dark shadow below.
20120611_Louisiana_0004 St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans
The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, also called St. Louis Cathedral, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans; it has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating cathedral in the United States.The first church on the site was built in 1718; the third, built in 1789, was raised to cathedral rank in 1793. The cathedral was expanded and largely rebuilt in 1850, with little of the 1789 structure remaining. (wikipedia)
20120609_Louisiana_0001 Avery Island Rd SR329, LA
The home of world-famous TABASCO® Sauce, Avery Island, Louisiana, lies about 140 miles west of New Orleans in Iberia Parish. Surrounded by swamps and marshes, Avery Island is a mysteriously beautiful place where the pepper fields grow, the factory hums, and the McIlhenny family and their employees continue to live and work much as they have for generations.
20120601_backroadsTX_0015 Germanic Hex Signs
There is a rich German heritage that is still strong throughout the Texas Hill Country. Driving along Blanco CR 101, also called the Elo Krueger Scenic Loop, is a wonderful glimpse into the past. There is a tidy pride and sense of productive application to the homes and farm building. These hex signs, also seen in early German and Dutch communities in Pennsylvania and other states, often decorate barns and outbuildings.
According to wikipedia…Two schools of thought exist on the meaning of hex signs. One school ascribes a talismanic nature to the signs, the other sees them as purely decorative, or “Chust for nice” in the local dialect. Both schools recognize that there are sometimes superstitions associated with certain hex sign themes, and neither ascribes strong magical power to them.
20120518_backroadsTX_0001 Home Among the Wildflowers
This has been a spectacular May in the Texas Hill Country and the wildflowers are growing like weeds…which a case can be made that they are just pretty weeds. This farmhouse just seems to be in a good place.
20120518_backroadsTX_0008 Working Gates
Although the primary gate may be fancy and the road beyond paved, larger spreads have multiple access gates with unimproved roads disappearing in the distance. They frame a slice of working rural America…a connection with the land worth preserving.
20110821_backroadsTX_0005 Still Water
In spite of the continuing drought, springs feed the Blanco River
…and our spirits.
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