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TEXAS PANHANDLE
Through the Lens of Eric Blackwell
60-90 minutes northeast of Lubbock

Photos taken on several drives between Floydada and Turkey, Texas.
by Eric Blackwell
October/November 2006

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Quitaque peak seen from the Flomot valley, Texas Panhandle

Quitaque peak seen from the Flomot valley

Surprising topology only 60-90 minutes northeast of Lubbock

In the hour's drive from Floydada to Turkey we encountered wetlands (due to extensive October rains) with an egret, sheep and a sheep dog on a hillside (looking like highland Scotland), bales of hay in expansive fields, mule deer in a meadow, and even an ancient expanse of sand dunes. And on our return, via Silverton, a spectacular view off the "caprock" into canyonlands and distant valleys.
Sheep and sheep dog near Flomot Texas
Sheep and sheep dog near Flomot
Caprock Canyon, view from Silverton, Texas
A spectacular view near Silverton, Texas,
off the "caprock" into canyonlands and distant valleys.
Texas railroad tunnel on Rails to Trails trail neat Quitaque Texas

A Railroad Tunnel near Quitaque, Texas.
The highlight of the "Rails to Trails" trail about 8-10 miles south of Quitaque.

Light at the end of the tunnel
"You can see the ranger's truck tracks through the guano - looks almost like someone has driven through a recent deep snow. The ranger seems to make at least one trip each day along the full length of the trail, which is reassuring for us old bike riders." - Eric Blackwell, November 08, 2006

Sandhill cranes in flight, South Plains, Texas Panhandle
Cranes in mid-flight near South Plains, Texas
Common egret in a field,  Flomot, Texas
Common egret in a field 20 miles west of Flomot
Mule Deer in Flomot Texas
Mule Deer in Flomot
And in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, October 21st, we set up portable hammocks in a field south of Quitaque and saw, in almost perfect dark sky conditions, an impressive Orionid meteor shower (with an average of 1-2 meteors per minute between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m). The only better viewing conditions in Texas are probably in the Big Bend Park.

I wish that we had discovered this interesting territory so near Lubbock many years ago! - Eric Blackwell, Lubbock, Texas
Photos Eric Blackwell

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