Since Texas is being bruited about (somehow that's a phrase I don't think Texans would approve of), how about if some of you with access to it were to show the rest of us what it looks like?
I've been to Texas once, but mainly I got to see the inside of the convention rooms of the hotel where I was staying. We also took an uninspiring bus ride through the exurbs of Houston to another windowless building. I've really seen very little of Texas.
If you have a quintessential Texas picture you want to share, send me an 800-pixel wide JPEG saved in the sRGB color space, and I'll post a few of them below. My email address is in the right-hand sidebar.
Please also include your byline as you would like it to appear. (Otherwise I'll just use the name on the email.) And don't forget to say where the picture was taken!
[UPDATE 1:00 p.m.: I've gotten so many pictures now that I won't be able to post all the ones I've already received. So thank you very much, but no more please! My apologies to those who don't see their pictures here. At least I can say that I enjoyed seeing all of them....]
Sean C. Garrick: The Hamilton Pool Preserve, near Austin.
Jim Tiemann: Above the red car, I give you
"The Grassy Knoll." Dallas.
David Saxe: Convention Center lobby, San Antonio.
Ken White: Tea Party rally at the Alamo, San Antonio.
Markus Karner: Somewhere near Interstate 10,
West Texas, 1996.
Andrew Kochanowski: Houston, 2012.
Jim Bullard: LBJ Presidential Library, Austin.
Jochen Hettchen: Gas station, Terlingua, next to
Big Bend National Park.
Carl Leonardi: "Texas Earl"
[There have been more than a million "earl wells" drilled in Texas since 1919. —Ed.]
Rod Anderson: The late great "Big Tex" at the State Fair of Texas, Dallas.
Rob Heller: Texas State Capitol dome, Austin.
Andy deBruyn: Bee Caves Creek, Bee Caves
Andrew Hibma: Cotton harvest, Ferris
Gabriele Harhoff: Marathon. "We live in Hamburg, but we go to Austin and West Texas every year if we can. In fact we are leaving for Austin this Wednesday!"
Gary Mortensen: Seasonal picture, Round Top
Elisabeth Spector: Upper Texas Gulf Coast wetlands, Seabrook. "I'm not sure what 'quintessentially Texan' means to non-Texans, but this image, for me, represents the natural beauty of the upper Texas Gulf Coast where I've lived almost my whole life."
Richard Wasserman: Lake Buchanan, an hour northwest of Austin. "Because of the drought they've been having for the last few years, the water level is down by about 25 feet."
Jim Woodard: The Chisos Mountains, "by geological definition the only mountain range in the United States totally contained within the U.S. and within one state—Texas!"
Bruce Reeve: Alamo and Crockett Hotel sign, San Antonio
Paul M. Macdonald: Somewhere near Johnson City
Charles Simonds: Texas bluebonnets and longhorns,
north of Chappell Hill
David Raboin: Texas supercell. "An aerial view of a massive thunderstorm over central Texas. This stormcloud topped out at over 60,000 feet. What Texas lacks in topography is more than made up for by its wild sky. Here's a link to the story about how I took this photo."
Danny Spence: Panhandle sunset, Amarillo. "The land there is startlingly flat and in places there are no obstructions—hills, trees—for hundreds of miles."
Most of these were posted in the order they came in. I got lots more good ones, but I can't post them all. Thanks to everyone! —Mike
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