A SWIFT WEST WIND
Our drive south started out fairly uneventfully, but by the time we got to central
Kansas, the temperature had dropped, the wind was howling out of the west,
and the snow was traveling horizontally across the Flint Hills of Kansas.
I took this picture from inside a gas station on the Kansas Turnpike.
(Keep scrolling for more images of wind and snow in Kansas)
BLOWIN' IN THE WIND
Here's another picture taken while making our rest stop on the
Kansas Turnpike -- this time while seated in our rental car. One can
tell by the angle of this woman's hair that the wind was really whipping.
(Keep on scrolling for a few more images from the drive down to Texas)
These trees were on the east side of the turnpike, beyond the concrete median/barrier. Because the
wind was blowing horizontally out of the west, only the centers of these trees had snow on them.
EVENING IN OKLAHOMA
By the time we got to central Oklahoma, the weather conditions were greatly improved.
The snow had long since ceased, and the evening light was quite beautiful. This
building is in Norman, Oklahoma, which is where we stopped for a bite to
eat and to revisit the town where I did my graduate studies.
As we were approaching the Texas border, I noticed this nice contrast of
the sunset sky over a large pond of water. Although this photo is greatly out of
focus, I think the picture captures the beauty of the interaction of sky with the land.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, Y'ALL!
We got back into Austin a little bit tired and a little bit late, but we did return early enough
to walk out to the Pfluger Bridge and watch the New Year's fireworks display.
I wish you all a prosperous and delight-filled new year.