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May 2013

The Price Of Rice

Rice farmers south of here have contracts entitling them to water from Lake Travis. Combine that with a 7yr drought and a whole new world became available for exploration (this¬† lake-bed is near Spicewood). The water contracts have finally buckled under severe pressure from people who live around the lake. So the view may look very different next year. In the meantime you can hike, camp, … and motorcycle through one of nature’s hidden gems that comes and goes with changes in climate and the evolving business of feeding the human race.

Lake Travis drybed grain

The Dark Knight on drybed of Lake Travis

Motorcycling On the Floor of Lake Travis – May 2013

 

The Color Purple & Gold

Each May the pastures of Washington County turn purple and gold. And Valley Forge Lane transitions to tangled underbrush that can bring an 800 lb iron horse to its knees.

Bees on nettle Rita Vista

Purple and Gold

Winter Rye turning gold

Winter Rye turning gold 2

Round bale on Ellerman Rd

Valley Forge Ln - The End

The Dark Knight - End of Valley Forge Ln

The Road To Paradiso

Named affectionately "The Otto Bahn" for our cranky neighbor from die fatherland. A long and winding road that always takes you back.
The Otto Bahn named affectionately for Otto our cranky neighbor from “der faterland.” The road from Hwy 105 to Paradiso, a land-locked 6 acre slice of heaven. This is the long and winding road that always leads me back.
Bob loves walk slowly through the potato patch sucking-up the aromas and getting it all over him.
Bob loves to walk slowly through the potato patch sucking-up the aromas and getting it all over him.
All God's creature have a role to play and the gardener's job is to figure out who are the benefactors.
All God’s creatures have a role to play and the gardener’s job is to figure out who are the benefactors. These brockley flowers signal the end of the Winter Garden.
The Ford has given me over 30 years of tractor-butt therapy. It needs work now that approaches the cost of a new one. If it were a John Deere there would be no question about restoring it.
The Ford has given me over 30 years of tractor-butt therapy. The repair estimate approaches the cost of a new one. If it were a John Deere there would be no question about restoring it.

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