It has been unusually cold in Texas, which you know if you have paid any attention to the news in the US. My household made it through without any real problems. A few days of mostly no electricity and almost non-existent water supply. If you want to read about how woefully unprepared the state of Texas was for this weather, read any news site. It is Saturday now and the temperatures are way up and everything is melting. I still have to boil drinking water for the foreseeable future, but that’s not the end of the world.
I did get tired of being in the house and managed to get out and go for walks in the cold and only slipped and fell a couple of times. The photo above shows the small tree that I once shot in the fog, but now it is covered in ice, surrounded by snow, and has a frozen over pond in the background. I have never seen weather like this in central Texas. Snow is very rare here and it has snowed several times this winter.
Saturday morning was clear and warming and I went for a hike at the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge as I figured there would still be snow on the hillside. And there was, especially in the shade. The hike up the ridge was quite slippery but I managed not to fall.
I didn’t venture out here during the week as the roads are very hilly and isolated, and I didn’t want to risk sliding off the ice covered roads. I did want to get out in time to see the landscape with a little snow on the ground. I think that the prickly-pear look particularly out of place in the snow.
I also hoped to see the round-topped hill with snow on it and I think I got a nice photo of it looking through the trees.
The two step-stone paths across the creek looked picturesque with frozen water and some remaining snow.
I wouldn’t want to be the old settlers who had to live in shacks like this in the winter or summer. I’ll take my minor inconvenience over this any day.
With the snows melting, the dormant wildflowers should be getting plenty of water to make a nice showing in a month or two. I can’t wait. Thanks for reading.