A Little Farther West
This past weekend I got to spend some time out in the Texas Hill Country.
Depending on who you talk to, Texas can be divided into seven to eighteen different ecological zones, and each one has its own flavor. Here is one map from Texas Parks and Wildlife that keeps it pretty simple, with ten regions, and I think just about anybody would notice differences if they went from region to region.
Our family properties are in two very different areas. Where we live full-time in the Pineywoods (the green region in the map above), the views are closed in by tall, spindly trees, and it is usually hot, humid, and shady. Our other place is 300 miles west from here (482 km) in the Texas Hill Country, on the Edwards Plateau (light blue region on the map). There, the views are wide across rocky, brushy land, and it is usually hot, dry, and bright.
Our life out there is pretty basic. My husband’s friends love to come out, and they all do manly things like hunt, barbeque, build things, and fix whatever it was they built the last time.
I like to sneak off into a thicket by the water trough and wait for the birds. Some of the birds are ones I commonly see here in East Texas, but I can get closer to them there because they are coming to the only water source —
And then I get to see some species that are more common in the western half of the state.
We never get to stay for very long, but it’s a refreshing visit.