Sunday, June 13, 2010

Kendall County, Boerne Texas

This handsome stack reaches on beside the road for acres. Because it is on the down slope of the hill, the waller has left little Weep Holes to prevent the wall collapse, in case too much water drains down the hill too quickly. Central Texas is known for its' gully washers and a spring storm that deliverers 2-3 inches in a 30 minutes can easily compromise even the sturdiest of stacks. As we drove along, little patches of blue blinked at us through the hillside.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Out of the Blue

It's Bluebonnet time in Texas and that calls for a drive to soak it up. On our scenic drive we found a jewel amongst the blue. A beautiful red sandstone dry stack that is at least 175 years old. With most of the walls in Central Texas being of white Limestone, this was a nice change. This beautiful stone is a brown-red Cambrian Hickory Sandstone, from the Riley Formation, part of the Llano Uplift. This was just the field stone gathered by the settlers of Sandy, near Johnson City, and little did they envision that this beauty would be standing in the year 2010. We inspected the wonderful mustard leichen and curly grey moss that gives it so much richness. Seeking out these old treasures stirs the armchair geologist in everyone, and makes local history so much more real.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Rocky Mountain High

Our best friend is rocking the dry stack....
They surround themselves with rocks in the home and yard, and this compliments living with textures of Fir, pine and snow. These top two photos show these hand picked beauties accented with the green lichen and do some support work for the Colorado Red Flagstone retaining wall.

The little bench is workin' the Flintstone's look with the smooth white river rocks as support.

Coping With It

More intricate dry stack using the Swiss Cheese limestone. The jigsaw puzzle that develops as the stacking goes along ends up as an abstract finish. This informal stacking gets it's strength and finishing touch with the coping.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Even an old rock wall gets a thrill out of this!

It doesn't snow very often, so it is cause for photography! Our usually sweltering old wall had a treat of a dusting of snow in February 2010.
Kids of all ages were thrilled!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

An Appreciated Remnant

This stately remnant is on a lot all to itself, with only a gnarly oak and cactus to keep it company. The owners built their home on the next lot, leaving this wall plenty of room to breath. I am sure that the Live Oak behind it was a little sapling when the wall was constructed. I like to think that the lovely English lady who owns this property chose it because it reminds her of the dry stacks that meander through the countryside in her native England.
Northern Hays County, Texas.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Palette of color

Warm rust, honey, cream, Dijon.....The range of color in the limestone available is part of the charm. It is affordable enough to bring your vision to life. Perhaps a ribbon of this beautiful stone trailing across acres of land. Not taming or separating, but allowing nature to dictate its' path. This small grouping of trees prompted the builder to ease the shape around the trunks, not disturbing them, but adding to its' organic flow.