By Jake Landers
Published September 2011
You would think that I would have something better to do than to drive along the Texas highways looking at the scenery. The problem is, I must get from one place to another for various reasons, and the scenery is there whether or not I look at it. I seldom purposely drive to look at the scenery as I might more often do in the Colorado Rockies or along the Pacific seashore, but I do enjoy seeing the Texas countryside even if I’ve seen it many times before.
Observing and trying to understand what you see out the window while you drive is what I call “Reading the Landscape”. Multiple questions arise as the patterns change from cultivated fields of cotton and milo to pastures dominated by Mesquite. Why is the land cultivated here and not there? It must be the soil. Why is this landowner just now converting Mesquite pasture to cultivation by root plowing, stacking and burning the Mesquite and other brush? Good question, but it can’t be answered from the highway. Why is Pricklypear cactus so abundant here and not there? And on it goes.Add a comment