Don’t Mess with Texas — Wildflowers

Last week as I was photographing wild flowers. I noticed a pile of trash mixed in with the beautiful flowers. It reminded me of Don’t Mess With Texas anti-littering campaign.



Living in Florida I got very tired of people mentioning that every time something was said about Texas. It seems that non-Texans thought it was funny to throw that phrase out of context. Oh, and most who use it think they are being witty, funny or original. Many actually believed it came from the Alamo. Probably the same people that thought the U.S. won the Battle of the Alamo. Yeah, I know that the US wasn’t fighting and that Mexico won that Battle. They are actually surprised to learn the real origin of the saying.

Texans are very familiar with the Don’t Mess With Texas campaign. The campaign features ads like the one below staring famous Texans.

So while you are out enjoying the wildflowers remember to clean and Don’t Mess With Texas.

Throwback Thursday: Cedar Key at Sunset

I took this in 2014 on one of our trips to Cedar Key, Fl. Cedar Key is a quaint fishing village in North Central Florida on the Gulf Coast side. This shot was taken as our boat approached the deck.


Throwback Thursday: Sunset in World Golf Village

Originally posted, July 24, 2009.  When we lived in Florida, St. Augustine was one of our favorite get-a-way spots.  St. Augustine is a beautiful old city full of history, funky cool shops and of course the beach.
World Golf Village St. Augustine, Florida

I really love the contrast between the colors of the sky and the silhouette of the trees.


Throwback Thursday: Wakulla River

Wakulla River Florida
Wakulla River Florida

In the fall of 2013 we took a weekend trip to Wakulla State Park, in North West Florida. We stayed in the historic Lodge at Wakulla Springs. The Wakulla river is well preserved and the fall colors made it even more spectacular.

Throwback Thursday: Drifting

Cedar Key, FL May 2011

Taken using a black & white filter on may camera. This may be one of my favorite shots.  I just get lost in the bigness of the Gulf and the Sky.

Throwback Thursday: Hanging out in Micanopy

Micanopy, Florida is a quaint little town located off I-75 between Ocala and Gainesville, Florida.  The city’s tagline is “The Town History Forgot”.  Micanopy was named for the Seminole Chief Micanopy.  Micanopy was featured in the movies Doc Hollywood and Cross Creek.   This photo was taken around Christmas 2007. Yes, I know we are wearing short sleeves. Might have been wearing shorts. It was in Florida.

Christmas 2007

Sky Watch Friday: Hancock Park

swftomThe Big Guy and I recently moved to Central Texas. We have enjoyed being closer to family and to exploring the Texas Hill country.  Hancock Park in Lampasas, Texas is a 100+ acre park located along Sulfur Creek.  Hancock Park includes a playground, walking trail, golf course, swimming pool and Hostess House.

Hancocksp4.jpgIn the 1880’s Lampasas  was a tourist attraction and health spa. There was 2 story Park hotel, Hanna Springs bath and an opera house. By the mid-1890s the hotel burned. The opera house would close by 1900.

Hancocksp2.jpgA Baptist camp was built at Hancock Springs. The swimming pool was built in 1911. The Baptist camp was sold in 1929 to help raise funds for Baylor College for Women (now University of Mary-Hardin Baylor).


The city of Lampasas purchased the property in 1936.  During World War II Hancock park was leased by the army as a recreation camp for the Camp Hood (now Ft. Hood).  After World Ward II Hancock Park returned to the city and a 9-hole golf course was built.

Sources:  Austin Chronicle Day Trips and Lampasas Hostess House History

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