I don’t remember when I first saw this quartz outcrop, but it had to be at least two years ago. It was so unique, even in a region that is sometimes called the Central Mineral Region, that I knew instantly that I wanted to make an image of it. An instant connection with one of the details of the landscape may not immediately yield something tangible, but if it’s special enough it can remain present in one’s mind for quite a while after initial contact with it.
Fireworks over the Tower commemorating the 2017 Spring Commencement at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.
A cattle trail and windmill on the Ollinger Ranch in Armstrong County in the Texas Panhandle Plains.
Cottonwoods reflected in Mulberry Creek on the Ollinger Ranch in Armstrong County in the Texas Panhandle Plains.
Godrays after sunrise on the Ollinger Ranch in Armstrong County in the Texas Panhandle Plains.
A sunburst at sunrise over a canyon on the Ollinger Ranch in Armstrong County in the Texas Panhandle Plains.
My first High Plains sunrise began with a reminder that I was in Big Ranch country, as the cattle behind me bawled loudly for several minutes before finally heading down off the flat toward the creek, leaving me in silence. As the day grew brighter, I stood there alone with my thoughts on the edge of a small canyon, appreciating how vast the land was and surprised at how much I was enjoying it.