Month: December 2012

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December 12, 2012 Daily Photo – Capitol Rotunda

There can be no denying the remarkable nature of the Texas State Capitol building in Austin.  Just the fact that it is taller than the Nation’s Capitol gives it unique status, but the architecture and it’s construction of pink granite make it a striking component of the Austin skyline. The rotunda, especially at night, is…
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This day in Texas History: Fiery Preacher Denounces Professor

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Fiery Preacher Denounces Professor December 12, 1930 On this day in 1930, at a rally in the courthouse square in Canyon, J. Frank Norris, Baptist pastor and editor of The Fundamentalist, denounced Professor Joseph Leo Duflot of West Texas State Teachers College (now West Texas…
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December 11, 2012 – Daily Photo: Survivor

December 11, 2012 – Daily Photo:  Survivor In the middle of a snowstorm in 2007, I was photographing a water tower obscured by rapidly falling snow.  I looked down and noticed this group of bright yellow pansies, losing their battle with Mother Nature – all except this one single (determined) blossom. Find this photo on…
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This Day in Texas History: Future Broadway star born in Weatherford

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Future Broadway star born in Weatherford December 11, 1913 On this day in 1913, Mary Martin, musical theater star, was born in Weatherford, Texas. Family and friends encouraged Mary to perform in local theater as a child, and she began taking voice lessons at age…
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December 10, 2012 Daily Photo – Ice Plant

Winter precipitation, especially ice, alters our world in a magical way.  During the first ice storm of the 2007 Winter season, I found this dormant grass encased in a glimmering sheet of crystalline ice and captured it – right in my own front yard. Find this on page 1 of Texas As I See It…
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This day in Texas History: Dan Blocker born

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Dan Blocker born December 10, 1928 On this day in 1928, the future television star Dan Blocker was born in DeKalb, Texas. When he was six years old the family moved to O’Donnell, in Lynn County, where his father operated a general store. Dan attended Texas…
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Treatment for Fire Ant Stings

If you are new to The Lone Star State – READ THIS As a public service, we are posting some links to treatment of fire ant stings.  The best approach is to avoid them, of course, but once you have been stung (they only “bite” to hold themselves in place while they sting you), time…
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This Day in Texas History: Founder of Negro National League dies

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Founder of Negro National League dies December 09, 1930 On this day in 1930, Andrew “Rube” Foster, “father of the Negro Baseball League,” died in Illinois. He was born in Calvert, Texas in 1879. He began a barnstorming career at age seventeen pitching with the traveling…
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December 9, 2012 Daily Photo – Going North

Ants-eye view of the railroad tracks heading north out of Frisco under an ominous sky.  You can find this on page 146 of Texas As I See It. I had seen this “shot” as I walked across the tracks to photograph the historic grain elevators in Old Town Frisco.  When I was finished, I walked…
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December 8, 2012 Daily Photo

Today’s daily photo comes from the last snowstorm of 2010, where roughly a foot of the white stuff accumulated in Frisco.  This image can be found on page 139 of Texas As I See It Volume I. Tree Line in Snow Frisco, Texas Last snow of the 2010 season, which left everyone able to build…
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