Basically, the northwest corner of the state of Texas and into the borders of Oklahoma and New Mexico and beyond are called the Plains. It is a desolate, flat country. The typography is challenging with no ground water or trees. There is, however, a beautiful canyon called Palo Duro, which is famous in the area for the musical ‘Texas’. As a side note, I highly recommend it if you are planning to be in the area during the summer months. It focuses on the days of the fueds between the cattle ranchers and railroad developers. The use of the canyon for the production is magnificent. The dancing, singing, and costumes are very professional. The production employs students from nearby Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. With an onsite chuck wagon offering bar-b-que brisket and the side dishes for a reasonable price, there is no need to be concerned about food. It is a great evening of your choosing, but make your reservations early.

Sand blizzards, tornados and hail storms are very common in the spring time on the Plains. It was one such day, as I drove to visit my youngest daughter and her family in Oklahoma. I was fortunate to find shelter in the small town of Seymour and shortly after the hailstorm passed, I drove on toward the famous 6666 Ranch near Guthrie, Texas. This was my routine route to their home, and I traveled this way a few times each year, but I had never seen the view so beautiful as it was this day. In the distance, I saw the black clouds hovering over some other location, causing havoc. But next to the road was a herd of horses, happily running and jumping. The foals were playing with each other like children. I spent quite a long time there with those horses as they did their best to pose and take advantage of stardom for my camera. “Horses on the Prairie” is the 30" x 40" (76.20 x 101.60 cm) oil painting on canvas inspired by that day.