A quick Austin roadtrip, and what did I see? Too much for one post, or even ten. Here’s a broadbrush of my first summer drive between the desert and the green world Austin rests in.
The miles grinded, as I pondered how landscapes could reflect such changes, though abstracting that into a smaller space is much design & intellect. I grouped my stops into how arid each is (& ecoregion), then average yearly rainfall and plant forms – even samples of how one ecoregion can look different when moisture or soils vary. Climate info sources – here and here.
Photos are from 7/29/2015; musical pairing from Jon Dee Graham is here –
Arid (Chihuahuan Desert)
Dropping 2000′ in elevation across 4+ hours in the above photos, the humidity started to go up. But average rainfall waited to increase at about the Pecos River, other what the mountains cause further west.
Even the landforms changed, and soils went from limestone to blow sand to granite, then back to clay and limestone.
Semi-Arid (Southwest Plateaus and Plains Steppe)
Yet, a few still recite the mantra, “plants don’t know boundaries”.
Oh yes they do, and we know by them – how plants grow, plus climate data. Gradual changes, then abrupt changes and many plants, insects, etc change over. Then more subtle changes, then something more abrupt. Repeat. Celebrate.
Out of semi-arid and short grasses, into a greener and even more humid world.
Sub-Humid (Texas Hill Country)
One might see “Half Pint” of Little House fame running through the Harper scene. How about Half Pint running around Ozona, or the sandy hills near Fabens? Not so much.
That trip’s diversions took less time than it would have taken to get pics of the throngs in skinny jeans, beards, glasses, etc. in just 5 blocks of Austin :-) But beyond the ecoregions, do not fret – there’s still more than plenty of what’s original – a live show awaited, just up South Congress.
What are the differences you see in my drive? Would you divide it differently?