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Focus on Texas:
The Texas Experience

These are the defining moments, sights and sounds of our readers’ lives in Texas

Farming, wildlife, scenic views and music—there’s a lot to love about Texas. Grab a chair, pour a glass of iced tea and take a look at how sweet life here is.

Trish Ferguson, Heart of Texas EC: Sunset at Sotol Vista in Big Bend National Park, one of Texas’ hidden treasures.

Sue Rogers, Bryan Texas Utilities: “Fiddling Ann Leonard (sadly recently deceased) and banjo picker Sue Rogers playing some Texas tunes under the trees.”

Juliana Walter, Central Texas EC: Greetings from a young, adorable longhorn in Salado.

Holly Anthony, Pedernales EC: “Daddy’s strong but gentle hands teaching our daughter, Rebecca, about horny toads.”

Kim Carter, Sam Houston EC: Granddaughter with a longhorn.

Billy Alvarez, Pedernales EC: In travels for work from Leander to Lubbock, Alvarez has seen this home between Sweetwater and Winters. This time the cotton was in abundance and being harvested, showing him why the home stood where it did.

Sarah Fuller, Deep East Texas EC: “A former beef farm manager prepares his lasso during spring calving season at Stephen F. Austin State University’s Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center.”

Kay Bell, Nueces EC: A balanced rock at the end of a short hike at Big Bend National Park.

Franki Saldivar, J-A-C EC: “I’ve lived in North Texas my entire life and never realized how beautiful the bluebonnets are in Ennis. A friend and I spent the day there last spring and loved it.”

longhorn standing by pond

Ron Stinson, Tri-County EC: “Taken in early October at TTT Longhorn Ranch, just outside Santo.”

Glenn Timmons, South Plains EC: A Texas bluebonnet.

Jeffrey Walston, Cherokee County EC: The USS Texas, near San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, is the only remaining battleship that served in both world wars.

Kyle Hargrove, Farmers EC: Galveston Pier as a storm rolls in.

Veronica Lorine, Sam Houston EC: “My family and I always enjoy attending the Tyler County Dogwood Festival Rodeo. This is my daughter watching the events and wishing she had a horse of her own.”

Julie Parker, Tri-County EC: “Nothing more Texan than longhorns at the Fort Worth Stockyards.”

Melinda Habingreither, Pedernales EC: “There’s no place in the world that has more patriotism than a Texas rodeo.”

Julie Parker, Tri-County EC: Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas.

Bill Chandler, HILCO EC: Cattle drive in downtown Waxahachie.

Dina Wesson, United Cooperative Services: “This is our beautiful granddaughter, Starr, and her cousin’s horse, Dollar.”