Friday, March 15, 2013

Finding Beauty in West Texas


Coming from the lush landscapes of Virginia, Texas has always startled me with its wildness. The very first time I came to Houston, I was shocked by the vast expanse of concrete, dotted with outcroppings of restaurants and neon signs and buildings. Above the plains of development, however, was the most amazing sky. In Virginia, the hills and trees keep you from seeing so much of the sky at one time, and I was overloaded by the beauty. Whenever I felt out of place here, or trapped in the treeless concrete, I would simply look up.

When people talked of the beauty of the hill country, I was expecting something else. The full, green hills of the Shenandoah Valley--not the dry, scrubby, cactus-studded hills, brown and orange. The hill country has its own beauty, but it not one that can be compared to the hills I knew from home.

In short, the beauty of Texas had to grow on me.

I think this might be true of anyone coming from somewhere as beautiful as Virginia--lush and thick and green. Soft, rolling hills and rich soil.

By comparison, West Texas is rugged and harsh. But it possesses its own beauty, and I loved getting to be in its midst this week. Here are a few photos to give you an idea, in case you've never been before.

 Creeks fed by underground springs have the most amazing color--kind of a greenish blue that looks almost man-made.

 There is green! Just not a lot.

 


Can you imagine relaxing here? West Texas may be wild and scrubby, but it has its own lush beauty. You might have to look a little deeper...or stick close to the streams.
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9 comments:

  1. Texas does grow on you, doesn't it? I've been here for over 20 years and it's still growing on me. I grew up in Montana and lived in southern California after first being married, and it took a while for Texas to take me with its charm. The wildflowers in full bloom during our very, very short spring are something to behold!

    Beautiful pictures ... thank you for sharing!

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    1. It sure does! I feel like it's still growing on me as well. It's so diverse! Even parts of Houston are TOTALLY different from one another. From the adorable craftsman-style Heights houses to the overarching live oaks in Rice Village to the former rice plains in Katy, it's wild how different it can be within 20 miles. Plus there are alligators! My favorite. :)

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  2. Hi beauty! I have ventured over from the Weekend Social blog hop, but of course I already follow your blog and Twitter account. XOXO, Mandi @ All My Happy Endings

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  3. Hi! I'm visiting from Friendship Friday :-) I hope you'll also join me for my Friday Flash Blog on The Jenny Evolution (www.thejennyevolution.com). Happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I'm coming now to visit you...watch out! :)

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  4. I LOVE Texas; of coarse I was born here, so I am biased, but I think it is the best state here. I will agree that there are more beautiful places, but I feel free and wild and at home in the wild beauty of Texas. Give me Texas Country and you will meet a different person entirely.

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    1. I do love it too! It just took some getting used to coming from somewhere else. I miss what feels like my old home, but I don't think I'll ever go back!

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  5. I've visited Texas several times and love it there! Thanks for linking up!

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  6. Hi Kirsten! I discovered your blog via the Family Friday Link-up and I've really enjoyed reading it! I nominated you for the Liebster Award (http://homemadedailyadventures.blogspot.com/2013/03/you-really-like-me.html), but feel free to ignore if you've already been nominated! Can't wait to read more of your posts!!

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