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.
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.
“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
*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.
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!
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.
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?