Marfa Roadtrip!

A 3 day vacation of relaxing, good design and food, and plenty of horticultural interest in our hottest time of the year.


My stress lifts after El Paso at the 80 mph sign (God Bless Texas!), then it all dissolves on US-90.

Cathedral Mountain looms 40 miles distant, inspiring Big Bend Brewing Co’s logo.

After a Judd Foundation tour of Donald Judd’s studio spaces, it was time to shoot towards the sun and capture the hot, clear light of the high parts of the Chihuahuan Desert.

Rows of Dasylirion leiophyllum point towards a work of southwestern architecture, plus skyline accents of Yucca torreyi L and Fouquieria splendens R.


Green, white, and plant sculpture do it every time.

So does my gracious Airbnb host get it right with this, 100F and a strong west wind outside:


Cool air conditioning blasting inside her adobe casita.


Cold Shiner Bock after bottles of cold water? Yes!


Stay tuned, including the bench some of you might remember. Plus her new garden and plantings where I’m staying.

Time to start the evening in style.