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Finding Beauty in the Panhandle of Texas

Finding Beauty in the Panhandle of Texas

I mentioned last week that we were headed to the panhandle of Texas because of a family emergency. Both of my husband’s grandparents passed away last week, so we spent several days there with his parents and extended family. It was an understandably sad time. Near the end of the trip, I was pretty well emotionally spent and physically tired. I just needed to walk.

In case you haven’t had the opportunity to visit, I should give you some background. Except for the Palo Duro Canyon, the panhandle of Texas is flat. The area around his parents house is exceptionally flat.

We joke that a kid could watch his dog run away for THREE days.

Three dogs on road

I feel I may be illustrating this joke incorrectly…

Since it was near the time for the sun to set, I grabbed my camera as we headed out noting there were no clouds in the sky. This is pretty par for the course. It seems to happen every time I actually have my camera on me. No camera – dramatic clouds! Camera – clear skies.

Why is this a problem? With a very flat horizon and no clouds, the pictures just come out a little… blah.

Example : This would be a lot more interesting with clouds.

“We need to put something in foreground of the picture.” – I said
“Well we can walk to that dried out creek bed and take pictures of those dead trees.” – He said, gesturing over yonder.
“Ok! Let’s go!” – me

*enthusiastic walking*

*less enthusiastic walking*

“I don’t think we’ll make it in time!” – I said
“I keep telling you things that look like a half mile away here are really four. Curse of the flat lands.” – him

We did make it, barely, and here is the beautiful sunset we saw.

Texas panhandle sunset

See the trees totally made it worth walking the FIFTY miles to the dried out creek bed, right?
Ok, maybe I put the decimal in the wrong place and it was five miles.
Or .5 miles.
*shrug* I’m really bad at estimating distances. But I spotted a bonus windmill with my zoom!

irrigation sprinkler, windmill, sunset

If you don’t know farms, that is an irrigation sprinkler along the horizon.

The beauty doesn’t end with sunsets in the panhandle.

Turns out when you get out of the light pollution of the city you can get a pretty great view of the night sky.

Full moon

This post could have ended there and you’d probably agree that the panhandle could be pretty.

Where’s the fun in that?!

Luckily, we left at the crack of dawn the next morning for home and I saw the sun rising against a stormy sky. I had to unpack my camera from my bag and capture THAT. Doesn’t it just look like the morning sky was painted?


  1. Mindee Woodward 1 February, 2013

    Breathtaking pictures. You are amazing!

  2. Curtis Williams 2 February, 2013

    I was born, raised and currently reside in the panhandle. And you’ve done an awfully good job at portraying it with these photographs. I’m glad someone from outside these parts can appreciate it for more than a place to stop for gas while headed down I-40.

    • Amy 2 February, 2013

      Thanks so much Curtis! I’m finding it even more beautiful every time I visit.

  3. Dan Cocke 2 February, 2013

    I spent the first 28 years of my life in the Texas panhandle. Your photos are beautiful and make me homesick. Of course, to be fair, you need to go back to the same places and take pictures during a dust storm!

    • Amy 2 February, 2013

      That’s true, Dan! That panhandle wind is unrivaled!

  4. Mary {The World Is A Book} 4 February, 2013

    These pictures are beautiful! love all the colors you were able to capture. I’ve never been to the TX panhandle but what a great introduction for me. I’m sorry to hear about your loss.

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  5. Rebecca@R We There Yet Mom? 4 February, 2013

    GORGEOUS pictures!!! Love the moon!!

    Thanks so much for linking up on Friday! Sorry it took me so long to pop over! Love your posts!

    • Amy 4 February, 2013

      Thanks, Rebecca! 🙂