Everything’s Bigger in Texas! (Deeper Too)

Folks living in the Hill Country understand the old saying “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” because they live it each spring when the heavy rains come and “flash floods” happen all the time. There’s a reason why that flood gauge goes up to six foot. It’s the same reason why folks living in the Hill country know when to head for the hills.

I remember my first visit to the Frio river over twenty years ago. Standing in six inches of ice cold water, I looked at my wife’s brother and asked how those railroad ties twenty foot up in the crossing got so jammed up with debris. He just looked at me dumbfounded and said “well, that’s how high the water got”.


Flood Gauge

Flood Gauge on Hwy 39, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-104mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 32mm, f/8 for 1/125th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

2 thoughts on “Everything’s Bigger in Texas! (Deeper Too)

  1. Six feet is a lot of water flowing through that area! We have varying river levels here too due to snow melt. There is a huge rock in the center of a section of rapids just down from my house. In late summer its top is 10 – 12 feet out of water. In the spring of a year with normal snow it is completely submerged.

    I’d be more concerned about flash floods though. They can be nasty!

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