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"Don't Mess with Texas" History by Sen. John Cornyn

We, as Texans, use this phrase all the time...now we know the 'rest of the story'! Thank you, Sen. Cornyn!

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Don't Mess with Texas

No doubt you’ve seen, heard, and probably even said these words --  but you may be surprised at how our state’s unofficial motto came to be.

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Texas Photos

1.  To all the people that assume Texas is a desert wasteland. . . How many deserts look like this?
 
To all the people that assume                                    Texas is a desert wasteland. How                                    many deserts look like this?
Seguin , TX

 
2.  Or have natural pools like this?
Or have natural pools like                                    this?
Dripping Springs , Texas

 
3.  As for being dry?  Much of Texas is the opposite of that.
As for being dry? Much of Texas                                    is the opposite of that.
Uncertain, Texas

 
4.  It has everything from flowing streams. . .
It has everything from flowing                                    streams...
Gruene , Texas

 
5.  To scenic rivers…
To scenic rivers...
San Marcos , TX

 
6.  To captivating waterfalls…
To captivating waterfalls...
McKinney State Park - Austin , TX

7.  And massive city lakes.
And massive city lakes.
Austin , TX

8.  Even the swamps are pretty.
Even the swamps are pretty.
Uncertain, TX

9.  Nothing beats a sunrise in the bayou.
Nothing beats a sunrise in the                                    bayou.
Needville , TX

10.  Or the wildlife.
Or the wildlife.
Damon , TX

11.  Contrary to popular belief Texas is not flat either. . .  It has enormous rocks.
Contrary to popular belief                                    Texas is not flat either: It has                                    enormous rocks.
Enchanted Rock, TX

12.  Along with deep cutting canyons.
Along with deep cutting                                    canyons.
Big Bend , TX

13.  Photo worthy mountaintop sunsets.
Photo worthy mountaintop                                    sunsets.
Big Bend , TX

 
14.  The views are worth the climb.
The views are worth the climb.
Big Bend , TX

 
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Thought for You

A Beautiful Autumn to You!



Yes, we know it is not here officially, but as the days are cooling, the colors gently turning to red, orange and warm brown, we know that Fall is almost here.  In our hearts and minds, it already is.  For those stalwarts' dealing only in actualities, look for the Real Fall soon!

In 2015, the autumnal equinox falls on September 23 at 4:21 A.M. (ET)

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UFOs On Our Landscapes! or The Alien Beauty of the New Mexico Desert - Gorgeous Pics!


If as a child, you dreamed of exploring space, you’ll be happy to learn
that there is a place that looks as alien as anything you may have seen
in the movies, and it’s right here on Earth. Located in San Juan County,
in the north of New Mexico, USA, lie the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah and Bitzi/
De-Na-Zin Wilderness areas. Anyone stepping into this land will feel as
if they’ve landed on the set of a sci-fi film.
 
In Navajo, Bitzi means ‘cranes’, and researchers have found many
petroglyphs (ancient drawings) of cranes in the area. Looking at
these amazing rock formations, it’s easy to tell why the Navajo called
it that.
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The Beauty of Water Reflections .....

We can all agree that water has many beneficial properties, but we often forget to stop and admire its clear and unique beauty, which provides the world’s most beautiful places with a kind of mirror. Sunsets, trees, flowers, animals, and blue skies – each one of these breathtaking views reflects in the water, painting them in millions of shades.
These 20 photos from around the world are the best examples of how divine this phenomenon is. This is an excellent opportunity to lean back and enjoy the music and wonderful photos that can bestow upon you a sense of tranquillity, and admire the beauty of Mother Nature’s art.
 
1. Groningen, Holland
Reflections 
2. Vestrahorn, Iceland
Reflections 
3. Dolomites, Italy
Reflections 
4. Flåm, Norway
Reflections 
5. Pernica Lake, Slovenia
Reflections 
6. Amsterdam, Holland
Reflections 
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Scotland, So MUCH More than Great Golf!

Whenever someone talks about the 'most beautiful places on earth', one name that always makes the list is Scotland. It is a land of green hills and mountains, high cliffs and low valleys. A land that many a time looks as if taken straight out of a fairy-tale. Huge expanses of rock and grass cover the highlands, and they are a sight any one who enjoys a good view should see. So if you've never been to Scotland, here are 24 beautiful reasons to put that trip on your bucket list.
1. Quiraing, Isle of Skye
scotland landscapes 
2. Glenfinnan viaduct, Glenfinnan, near Fort William scotland landscapes 
3. Kilchurn castle, Loch awe, Argyll and Bute scotland landscapes 
4. Glencoe
 scotland landscapes 
5. Quiraing
 scotland landscapes  
 6. Shetland ponies, Shetland
 scotland landscapes 
7. Fingals cave, Isle of Staffa, Inner Hebrides scotland landscapes 
8. Ballachulish & Loch Leven, Lochaber
 scotland landscapes 
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Officially Yesterday, but Every Day Should Be World Environment Day

Belatedly, Best Wishes to all for World Environment Day!



Please see this YouTube Clip:


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Cherry Blossom Time!

If you are lucky enough to live in an area with these gorgeous Harbingers of Spring, please enjoy their beauty for the rest of us...the Cherry Blossoms of 2015!



Here is a great article on best viewing places from Washington, DC to Japan from the Ritz Carleton:

Cherry Blossoms Reveal Their Beauty From Washington D.C. to Japan


Bonded by a tree rooted in culture and tradition, the Washington, D.C. Ritz-Carlton hotels and the luxury brand's properties throughout Japan have collaborated on an exclusive guide to celebrating Sakura, the iconic Cherry Blossom season. 

 

For tips, top viewing locations and unique ways to bring the cherry blossom experience home, The Ritz-Carlton guide features 21 ways to get the most out of the season. 

1. Viewing Locations: 
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Bird's Eye View

Perhaps we need to add some places to our Bucket Lists....

 
1. Barcelona
http://goonagoon-groups.com/
2. Central Park, New York City
http://goonagoon-groups.com/
3. Maze at Longleat, England
http://goonagoon-groups.com/
4. Mexico City
http://goonagoon-groups.com/
5. Venice
http://goonagoon-groups.com/
6. Amsterdam
http://goonagoon-groups.com/
7. Giza Pyramids, Egypt
http://goonagoon-groups.com/
8. Niagara Falls, U.S.A.
http://goonagoon-groups.com/
10. Chicago
http://goonagoon-groups.com/
11. Tulip Fields, The Netherlands
http://goonagoon-groups.com/
12. Bern Switzerland
http://goonagoon-groups.com/
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10 Places on Earth That Look Like They're From Another Planet

Wow! Let's go see all of these places! Most of us have seen these images before, but they seemed perfect for mellow reflections on a Valentine's Weekend! A Virtual Vacation, Scrapbook or Bucket List for the Senses and Souls!



Rainbow Hills These beautiful, rainbow colored hills can be found in Zhangye Danxia National Geographic Park located in the northwestern province of Gansu, China. These hills consist of colorful sandstone deposits called Danxia landforms.




Tunnel of Love Near the ruins of Klevan Castle, in Klevan, Ukraine, exists a railroad tunnel covered in overgrowth. This tunnel, affectionately known as the Tunnel of Love, is a romantic little getaway that seems like it came straight out of a sappy movie.




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