Thursday, January 29, 2015

Texas Ranch Fence


Today's gate is a pretty typical country gate in Texas, constructed of aluminum or steel and simple in design. But often, as in this one, there is a beautiful stone wall or pillars leading up to the gate, making the entrance more attractive.  Notice that there is a cactus planted there. The trees in the background are still pretty green, but actually stay green all winter in Texas. These would be the live oak trees. 

Ranches in Texas tend to be very large in acreage. This one has a dirt and gravel road leading back into the ranch, where there is probably a lovely ranch house, hidden from the road and secure in the trees.  Because of the usually mild weather, there tends to always be at least some green grass, as you can see in this picture. As I'm writing this on this January day, it is sunny and 70 degrees. We had a bit of frost last week, but the flowers are all trying to poke through to greet the sunshine. They could still get a surprise frost.


Have a wonderful Thursday.  Thanks for hosting the Good Fences Tex!

Linda Kay

32 comments:

John's Island said...

Nice stone wall and sturdy looking gate. Congrats on the sunny and 70 degree day! Thanks, as always, for your comments on my blog.

biebkriebels said...

I only looked at the fence, but you got my attention with mentioning the stone wall and the cactus.

eileeninmd said...

The rock wall and cactus are pretty, a great fence/gate photo.. Have a happy day!

whiteangel said...

Sounds interesting weather you are having.
Are the farms/ranches large due to the sparcness of the feed from the ground, or another reason? We have large farms up north but that is because there is not enough feed for cattle etc. compared to smaller farms. Meaning small farms have more feed per head of cattle than larger farms.
Regards,
Margaret

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Looks like this could be a ranch down this way, north of Lake Okeechobee.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

It's a beautiful stone fence to compliment the gate. A great choice for fences!

Rain Trueax said...

Beautiful wall. I grew up with rock walls. We have a gate that is an ordinary farm gate leading into our driveway. No fancy pillars though. The reason for our gate is we let the sheep use the area around our home as pasture (with fenced gardens as exceptions). The reason ours is not prettier is we don't live far off a highway to the coast. We didn't want it to look like the entrance to a place where there would be money lying around. There isn't and why have it look as though there might be.

Linda W. said...

I like the stone pillar. It makes a nice touch.

Lin Floyd said...

Nice to see tree leaves-we planted a live oak tree in our yard...our fences here are mostly block walls...

Jutta.K said...

Dear Linda,
interesting explanation to this gate and fence
The area is completely foreign to me, but she likes visually quite good
Thank you for your visit to my blog
A beautiful week yet and ♥greetings from Germany

Michelle F said...

Reminds me of where I grew up in central Fl.

Rose said...

I love those stone walls! I don't know what it is about them, but stone walls/fences are probably my favorite.

EG CameraGirl said...

I marvel at the many ranches with homes so far off the road that you cannot see them!

Shug said...

Gotta love Texas for all of it's beauty and weather! I can only guess, with the live oaks and the stone fence, that you must live somewhere around South Texas. I love visiting in south Texas.
Enjoy the day...

TexWisGirl said...

your central texas area certainly would have more stone and rock pillars and walls. so pretty.

Carola Bartz said...

The stone wall is pretty, and I love those long driveways up to a ranch house. We have live oaks here as well, one is right next to our house - it is very old and huge - and beautiful. Enjoy the warm weather! Ours has been pretty mild as well, and we're still waiting for the rain.

Karen S. said...

Incredibly beautiful, and the curve is creative. It does whisper check me out if you dare! Hehehe!

William Kendall said...

It's the stone wall that particularly appeals to me.

Gosia k said...

I have noticed your ranches are very large but you have a giant country completely different from my place

Margaret Adamson said...

A lovely entrance to this ranch

Ida said...

Oh yes that is a neat stone wall connecting to the gate. I like the plant by the wall too.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Stone makes all the difference, yes!

"Green grass makes all the difference, yes!" - the animals
~

The Yum List said...

The stone wall on the side gives lots of character.

Amy Burzese said...

Nice entrance indeed. We had upper 50s today. I wore shorts outside!

Mike said...

The stones look like they were locally harvested.

Janie Junebug said...

I noticed the stone immediately. I love it. Some of the wealthy people in Jacksonville who have houses on the water have iron gates with stone on each side.

Love,
Janie

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Linda; I love to see these stone walls which is very different from ours♡♡♡ And yes, I wonder what kind of gorgeous house is waiting after the long path with greenery☆☆☆

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear Japanese friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Linda said...

How beautiful, Linda. :)

Ruth Kelly said...

I like the uniqueness of the entryway.

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh, isn't that a nice combination! I always love stone walls.

Anvilcloud said...

What January weather.

Rory Bore said...

love the simplicity of the fence/gate and how it allows the more natural setting of the stone wall and the plants to be the focus. really nice.

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