Austin, Texas // This statue has been erected, appropriately, in front of the Texas Capitol in Austin. Forever frozen in a free-wheeling, hat-holding horse-rearing, it is an immortally idealized image of the freedom and individuality that we Americans love to enshrine in the cultural archetype of the cowboy. Yet, like most statues--going back to the divine delts and godly abs chiseled out of marble by the Greek version of photo retouchers, it represents an abstracted perfection totally unattainable to any actual human being. In this case, it's complete, free-wheeling, hat-holding freedom. In a cruel taste of irony, however, this icon of liberty is completely frozen in place.
We were somewhere around the Chisos on the Edge of the desert when the wilderness began to take hold...
// Big Bend National Park, Texas
The Red River earning its name, reflecting a June sunrise as it cuts through the red rock of Palo Duro canyon in North Texas.