Something that I brought with me from Texas is an appreciation for a complicated, colorful sunset. Last week when we went to Portsmouth, and stopped at the grocery store on the way home, the sun and clouds were PERFECT in the parking lot. Blues, pinks, yellows, golds and all sorts of colors in between. So glad that the clouds and colors are wonderful here.
This country could use more of that.
Another difference is that, pretty much, EVERY roof has shingles and multiple angles, gables and windows. There are lots of solid stucco walls in Texas. And lots of tile roofs, too. Don't see those here except on Mexican Restaurants so far as I have noticed. I had a good time (and challenge) attempting to draw the little shopping village with it's gables and windows. Perspective is something on which I have only an intermittent grasp.
Down by the parking lot there was another park. In it was a granite--- (you would not BELIEVE how much granite there is around here!! Not marble, but granite... and it sparkles! Anyway... a granite war memorial. It honored members of all the armed forces who sacrificed their lives in all US conflicts. You can see that there were flags arrayed around the center circle, as well as a red, white and blue wreath.
Plano had recently erected a memorial to fallen solders, but I believe it was for those who died in the first Iraq War. That might have more to do with the demographics of the population. Plano had a population of about 1300 in 1900 and got to 3600 by 1960. So I am thinking it wasn't until recently that there was critical mass to create momentum for such a monument.
But Arlington's population increased by 90% in the 1920's.
Arlington, on the other hand, has been active and full of civic pride since Paul Revere's ride to Concord and Lexington started there.
Even though I think of Texas as more "West" than "South" I realize I never saw ANY memorials supporting the outcome of the "War of Northern Aggression." This monument made me happy.
I really liked the brass hands that serve as coat hooks in Not your Average Joe's. (And I'm glad it was a warm day so I saw, noticed and photographed them!)
Houses in Texas are mostly newer and mostly brick. The sun has a harder time painting them pretty colors.
I never saw a wild turkey in Dallas County.
But just a mile or so away from our hotel, we flushed out two wild turkeys near the intake for the water treatment plant on the shore of the Merrimack River. They are VERY obvious on grass or the road, but the disappear totally in the shrubbery!