The Dry Plains and Wind

9 04 2011

The grass is brown, it’s nearly 100 degrees and the wind is rotating the endless fields of huge white electric wind turbines – it must be West Texas. The trip through the hill country was pleasant with a few sightings of roadside blue bonnets and Indian paint brush. However, in general the wildflowers are nearly non-existent this year. The dry conditions being blamed on La Nina and the unusually hot temperatures have ended the wildflower growing season. In this western area and into the panhandle, there are wildfires blazing. Sounds like a long summer for this area of Texas.

We’re about an hour south of Lubbock, and about 3 hours south of Palo Duro Canyon State Park. It’s going to be a long day, but it looks like we’ll be back on schedule this afternoon. More from the “Grand Canyon of Texas”

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