A Drive to Llano


These hills stand out. This is an 8 picture panorama.

I wanted to get out but was not in the mood to take a hike so I decided to go for a drive instead. I decided that I would head towards Llano as I haven’t been in that area for some time and I knew that the wildflowers would be blooming.

As I have reported many times before, I like to listen to Audiobooks as I drive as I find it both relaxing and educating at the same time at least from a writers perspective. I do not consider myself a writer but more of a reporter. I need something to write about as my mind is not sufficiently skilled enough to come up with plots and twists that leave the reader guessing. Currently, I am listening to “The Highlander” by Diana Gabaldan and am as far along as Book 4. When you consider that each book is between 40 and 50 hours or more of listening then you get a general idea of the quality of the story with it’s many twists and turns. On top of that, the Narrator is a lady by the name of Davina Porter who alone makes it so worth listening to. She has a delightful British accent and considering that the basic language and accent in the book is Scottish, she does a really wonderful job.

On the way, I managed to capture some pictures of the flowers along the sides of the road and also one particular striking piece of rocky hills. This is the start of the Hill Country after all. When I reached Llano, which I have written about before. (Use this link to view that blog) I headed towards Georgetown before heading down US 183 and back home. All in all, I covered almost 100 miles of the beautiful Texas countryside in the Spring.

A closer view of the rock face

On the side of the road.


Flower meadow in Llano, Texas

Flower meadow in Llano, Texas (Photo credit: The U.S. National Archives)

How many of you when you’re driving by
and out the corner of your eye
take note of the flowers on the side of the road
or do you not see the beauty they behold.

We are usually in such a hurry
that we don’t have time to look
and yet there is much beauty there
as good as in any book.

Nature has a way, of putting on display
things we do not see because we do not look
and yet, right in front of our very eyes
not under any disguise are flowers aplenty
on the side of the road.

In all colors, shapes and sizes
they put on a wonderful display
they flower and bloom year after year
when Nature leads the way.

The next time you take a trip
look around as you travel along
and you will see on the side of the road
much beauty for all to behold.

The only time that you cannot view
as the flowers are dormant as they renew
during the winter months its true
but come February here, for it is Spring
the plants will start to do their thing
and before your very eyes will grow
and in a very, very short time
new flowers will show for all to see.

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