Monday, June 26, 2006

A Summer's Evening

I pass by this scene on most Fridays. It is on an alternate route that my granddaughters like to take when returning home from taking my daughter to work. The "hill way" or the "mamma llama" way. I don't mind at all. It is a very pleasant and peaceful ride through areas that still have not been, and hopefully won't be, overly developed.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

I'm not sure why

This faucet fascinates me. I think it is because of all the different textures and colors.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Unknown Species

This beautiful butterfly was flitting around all over the place. Unfortunately, it was so windy it was difficult to photograph.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Meanwhile...Back at the Park

Although we have seen wild turkey and a multitude of small animals and birds in the park, this is the first time we have seen the deer.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Survival of the Fittest

Texas Longhorn cattle are the end result of "survival of the fittest". Shaped by a combination of natural selection and adaptation to the environment, the Texas Longhorn is the only cattle breed which is truly adapted to America. Had there been any aid or interference by man they would not have been what they were.

By 1900, crossbreeding had nearly erased the true Longhorn. Beginning in 1927, the US Government started preserving the breed. With further help from the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association and some concerned small ranchers, the Texas Longhorn as been rescued from extinction.

Hook 'em horns.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Oliver Loving

This Loving's valley ranch was settled by Oliver Loving, the famous cattleman and trail drive pioneer. His friend, Charles Goodnight...inventor of the "chuck" wagon, and Loving's family helped rope, brand, and hold wild longhorn cattle here.

In 1860, Loving drove 15,000 cattle up a treacherous trail from here to Denver. The trail was later to be known as the Goodnight-Loving Trail.

Loving was wounded by Indians and died up the trail in 1867. Granting his last request and at great hardship, Goodnight returned his friend's body to Weatherford Texas for burial. The novel and movie "Lonesome Dove" were based upon that legend.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Other Direction

The river widens out after it goes under the bridge.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Brazos River

The Brazos River runs 840 miles across Texas to it's mouth on the Gulf of Mexico.

Parts of the Brazos are absolutely beautiful and many people enjoy canoeing, kayaking, and rafting it. This stretch is great for beginners. If you fall out of the boat....STAND UP.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Still Trying

I have a mental list of things of which I would like to get a good photograph.
A dragonfly is on that list.

Well, I am still working on it. I did get this shot of a dragonfly. Not there yet. But I figure the more I take the greater my chances.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Last one of the season!

Memorial Day weekend is the last time we go camping in Texas until the fall.

We have not had ideal camping weather this spring to say the least. Everytime we have gone it has reached record breaking or near record breaking temperatures.

As I have said before, I don't do hot gracefully. However, these guys seemed to be enjoying it immensely.