Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Introducing a New Blog

     A few days ago, I clicked on a new..for me...blog site..Our Beautiful World. It is just that...a blog inviting others from all over the world to share beautiful photography!!  I discovered this site through my blogger friend Libby whose lovely blog I have followed for a long time!  The "Our Beautiful World" blog is pretty new...each week the moderators choose a word (this week... "Wonder"), then participants post a photograph with the chosen word in mind.
     Photography is one of my passions..my family can attest to the fact that I ALWAYS have a camera with me...and now that I have an iPhone!!! I am truly obnoxious with the click and shoot!!  I am going to enjoy this blog...not just for the wonderful pictures, but also for the stimulating discussions from the participants!
    So for my first entry...(this is week #seven so I am a little behind) I am depicting "Wonder" in the following photographs...

Enchanted Rock
     Enchanted Rock is a State Park in Texas. To quote the State Park's website:
"Enchanted Rock is a huge, pink granite exfoliation dome, that rises 425 feet above ground, 1,825 feet above sea level, and covers 640 acres. It is one of the largest batholiths (underground rock formation uncovered by erosion) in the United States."  For many years, we would visit the park and climb to the top....quite a view!!

     But my next couple of photos are really the "wonder" of the location to me!
Bluebonnets-growing right out of solid granite!
A solitary guardian of the sacred grounds!
Enchanted Rock is a very spiritual place that the Tonkawa Indians considered to be sacred many centuries ago.  It has a very fragile eco-system which the State Park system tries very hard to preserve.  Visitors to the area need to be very mindful of their surroundings.


  1. it looks like a beautiful place to visit. I would like to see it one day.

  2. Welcome and Hello! Thanks for taking us for a walk at Enchanted Rock, love the wonderful photos you share with us this week. Here in America, we are so blessed with so many wonders, thanks for introducing us to some around you!

  3. Thank you for such a wonderful introduction to Our Beautiful World and sharing this enchanted place :). I'm a geologist and all rock formations amaze me, LOVE the pink granite dome :). Texas has many wonderful nature and I have enjoyed a field trip up the Guadalupe Mountains many years ago. Seeing the bluebonnets here make me smile :). I love seeing cactus flowers and Indian paintbrushes spruce up in the rocks too. Thanks for sharing the story with us at OBW this week!. :).

  4. hey Jay~! thanks so much for including the link to my blog in this great post.
    i'm happy to see that you are enjoying OBW too and these photos are beautiful. i really enjoyed seeing the larger versions.
    it's such a stark landscape in some ways but absolutely captivating. love the bluebonnets~!!


  5. Hello Jay! A warm welcome to you to OBW! First of all, a big thank you for your great introduction of our new blog. It's so nice to meet new people from around the world and see the beauty around them through their camera lenses. Your photos and story are wonderful. What a enchanting place this is. The name fits perfectly. The landscape is amazing and so different from where I live (very green and flat Netherlands with meadows and cows). The Bluebonnets remind me a little bit of the lavender we have in our garden. That's what always fascinates me about nature: the existence of beautiful flora and fauna in places so harsh you wouldn't expect to find any.
    Thank you Jay, for sharing this wonder with us at OBW! Hugs, Wendy

  6. What an amazing place this must be ... I can't tell you how much I love to see and hear of places I will probably never get to see ... Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Our Beautiful World! I hope you link up again with us

  7. Oooh look at those bluebonnets growing out of the gravel... just amazing... and a pretty colour to contrast against too. All the photos are fabulous!

  8. It was wonderful to see your beautiful post. I love the pictures!!

  9. Thanks for sharing the pictures - and giving all the background info on Enchanted Rock! Seems like there's one more place on my "must see" list!