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Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Texans love their bluebonnets, and I can see why. This year, with lots of rain in the Hill Country, we’re enjoying a parade of bluebonnets, though I’ve been told that they can be even better than this.
Bluebonnets are, in fact, in the Lupin family (Lupinis). The Lupinis texenis is the favorite of Texans, though any […]

Chilly Weather in Boerne, Texas

Monday, December 7th, 2009

A couple of days ago we had some unusally chilly weather in Central Texas. Where I live, in Boerne, the temperature dipped below freezing for fifteen hours. The low hit 23 degrees. That’s two degrees lower than last winter’s low.
Now folks in colder climes, like my friend Dave in Minnesota, won’t be impressed by 23 […]

Photos from the Capitol

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Yesterday, my family and I visited the Texas Capitol, the center of the state government in Austin, the capital. We were there for my daughter to be reconized for getting second place in the National History Day competition last summer. (She was second in the Junior Division, Individual Performance.) So, yesterday, the State Board of […]

Fall in the Texas Hill Country

Friday, November 13th, 2009

A couple of pictures I’ve snapped in the last week.
First, the Guadalupe River as it passes through Mo Ranch, a Presbyterian conference center near Hunt.

Cibolo Creek in the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne.

THE BIRDS in Texas

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

No, not the Alfred Hitchcock movie. Rather, an invasion of Grackles in Kerrville, Texas.

One time I left my car in the San Antonio airport, cleverly parked under a tree for shade. Or so I thought. I turns out that was a favorite tree for Grackles. When I got back from my trip, I literally could […]

All Hail Broke Loose!

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

On Wednesday evening, all hail broke loose in Boerne, Texas. For a brief time, we had a stunning hail storm, complete with deafening thunder and blinding lightning. The photo below shows the result. No, this is not snow in winter. It’s a collection of one-inch sized hail in 80 degree weather.

Now I realize that some […]

I Love Spring!

Friday, April 17th, 2009

My mother and my dog enjoy a spring afternoon in Texas . . . .

A Redbud tree blooming at Laity Lodge . . . .

Thank you, Lord, for springtime!

The Grassy, Grass-less Knoll

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

“The Grassy Knoll.” Now there’s a phrase that has made it’s way into American culture and history. There are grassy knolls all over our country, but only one gets to be called “The Grassy Knoll.” And I’m quite sure that no other grass covered hillock in America draws so many tourists and conjures up so […]

A Familiar Name, A Familiar Place, and a Feeling of Sadness

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

On Saturday I put up a picture of the Dallas Morning News building in Dallas, Texas, focusing on the inspiring inscription on the front wall. I explained that this statement was adapted from a speech by George Dealey, who had been a leader of the newspaper a century ago.
The name, “Dealey,” seemed strangely familiar to […]

“Build the News on the Rock of Truth”

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

During my recent sojourn in Dallas, I was surprised to see a giant inscription on the wall of the Dallas Morning News building.

It reads:
According to the Dallas Morning News website, […]

Texas Capitol in Spring

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

A couple of weeks ago I spoke at the Texas Capitol Fellowship, a gathering of Christians who work in the Texas state government. The Capitol itself looked beautiful as spring has just begun to dawn in Austin. In the photo below you can see the Redbuds blooming . . . one of my favorite spring […]

Snow in Boerne

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

One night this last week it snowed in Boerne. Now if you’re from places like Minnesota or New England, you’ll probably find it odd that I’m excited about a half-inch of snow. But even a dusting of snow is a big deal in the Texas Hill Country. And it’s even a bigger deal for transplanted […]

Autumn in the Texas Hill Country, Part 4

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

A ranch in the Hill Country, not too far from Vanderpool. The “cattle” you see are actually American Bison (buffalo).

Autumn in the Texas Hill Country, Part 3

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

The Medina River as it runs through Bandera City Park in Bandera, Texas, “The Cowboy Capital of the World.”

Autumn in the Texas Hill Country, Part 2

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Leaves of an oak tree in our back yard. The tree is known by various names: Spanish Oak, Red Oak, or Texas Red Oak. We don’t have many trees in the Texas Hill Country that turn red in autumn, but the Spanish Oak is one of the most common (along with the stunning but relativelty […]
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