Abstract, Art, Flowers, Landscape, Nature, Outdoors, photography, wildflowers

Weed in the Rocks

Weed growing in a rock gardenPlant and attempt to cultivate something in these desert rocks and it will soon die, but weeds, unattended, grow and thrive. Is this some sort of life-defining metaphor?


Architecture, Art, History, photography, Travel

San Juan Hotel


Historic San Juan Hotel in downtown San Juan, TX. It was home to fabled Texas lawman Tom Mayfield during the last years of his life. The hotel opened in 1920 and is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of a prostitute murdered on the second floor.

Art, Landscape, Nature, Outdoors, photography, Travel, trees

Afternoon Light

Cottonwood, Mesquite trees and creosote bushes catch the afternoon light in Big Bend National Park.Who would ever think such greenery could exist in a predominately brown, gray desiccated desert? The afternoon sunlight skimming across these trees – I think they are cottonwoods, Mesquite and creosote – was a big surprise in the Big Bend National Park.

All day, we had been driving a self-guided tour in the southwest section of the park seeing nothing but earth tones, ragged volcanic features and dry desert floor. When we happened upon this scene somewhere near the end of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive at the Castalon/Santa Elena junction, I had to stop for the photo. It says everything about the concepts of “end of the day, rocking on the porch and sipping something refreshing.”

What does it say to you?