my surprise, Eastern Texas does not look like the set for a John Wayne movie.
They get lots of rain so the grass is lush and the trees are tall.
is bigger in Texas, including the insects. These 2-3 inch grasshoppers chirp
constantly, and the cicadas sing.
There are agricultural smells, exhaust and dust. Trucks and SUVs are popular;
the distances are long. (The landscape is green, but the population mostly isn’t.)
The Texas barbecue and Mexican food was delicious but less spicy than I
heat and humidity are astounding to someone who has lived in MI for 25 years.
This is the old stage coach road after the trees and brush had been cleared.
This type of yard waste is typically burned in Texas, and the picture shows
several burn piles. Imagine a huge bonfire on hot and humid summer day. (No one
seems to worry about the carbon footprint.)
Tomorrow, we fly to northeastern Texas to visit family. None
of my current writing projects are set in a small Texas town, but I’m eager to take
notes of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures – in case my characters
ever have to go there.
give me another word for it
You who are so good with words
And at keeping things vague”
there is a time for vagueness and a time for specificity.
wandering around the Web, I learned that the Arabic language has over one thousand ways to refer to a camel. The names may denote the age or sex of the camel,
whether a female camel has been bred, how fast the camel runs, or how much
water the camel wants to drink.
of how many expressions we have for our vehicles. We have slang terms like gas-guzzler,
specific expressions like ’56 Chevy Biscayne, and general acronyms like SUV. We
have hot rods and clunkers, Vespas and H.O.Gs (Harley Owners’ Group), mopeds
and monster trucks.
all comes down to using the right word at the right time in the right place.
The optics on my new camera aren't adequate for this shot. Still, I like the composition. I recharged the battery in my old point-and-shoot (which has a great macro lens) so I'll be ready for the next spider.