Monday, November 08, 2010

{Echo} Week 25 - Homestead

" Sugarcane on the Prairie"
I have a good friend named Agnes.  You may remember her from the Marburger Farm post.  She is a most talented lady who owns a business called Wilde Weedze.  Agnes  grows  a beautiful assortment of flowers, ornamental grasses, trees, and more.......all located in and around her home.   She is also an antiques dealer, who has a great space in Nothing Ordinary Antiques & Oddities, in Bellville, Texas.
She and her husband Michael own a 72 acre farm on the Katy Prairie.  The property, which at that time was about 1,100 acres, was purchased by Michael's great-grandfather H.F. Granau.  Later Michael's grandmother, Lottie Strauss, inherited the property, then passing a portion of it down to Michael.  Agnes & Michael now own 72 acres of the original property, and have lived there for 25 years.  They raise healthy fat Texas cattle,  but during the 1970s, like much of the Prairie, rice was raised in most of this area, 
as well as corn in the 1990s.
This part of Texas is also part of my life, as I too live on the Prairie, just much closer to Houston, in the small growing larger, town of Katy.  The unincorporated parcels of the Prairie, continues to be home to all things that the Katy Prairie Conservancy is trying to save, which includes native quail, dove, deer, and of course, geese (in season).
In autumn, just after the huge rice crops have been harvested, the Katy Prairie become the site of one of the most incredible natural spectacles in North America, as thousands, then millions of migratory birds arrive~especially waterfowl.  For most of them, the Katy Prairie is a winter home until March, when they return to nesting in the upper Midwest and Canada.  Others use the Prairie as a staging area on their way south, or may choose to remain here for the entire year.
Be sure and check out Susan & Chrysti's diptych for this echo prompt, and look for more pictures from the group here
I must say......this was one of my favorite prompts to date!

12 comments:

Daryl said...

What a lovely post!

vintagesusie & wings said...

Beautful photographs Sweet Gal!!! It looks like an amazing place, another thing I must see one day. Thanks for sharing friend...
Smiles & a big hug,
Susie

Charlene said...

Love the Hydrengea! Mine did not do as well as usual this year. Your photos are wonderful! Had so much fun together this weekend. HUGS!
Charlene

Barbara Lewis said...

Diane, I really enjoyed the history ... and especially because the place you describe is so different from anything around here. Beautiful photos as always. P.S. Thank you for your order. It went out today.

Chris said...

Lovely~a treat for my eyes. :-) And I loved the info about the Katy Prairie. Pretty cool. You are such a Texas gal!

Yaya Chique said...

I was sent via Amy Boland! Beautiful blog and very inspiring...I see you also live close to Houston? I am from Louisiana, but married a Texan over 24 years ago...and here I still am...in West Houston!

Look forward to reading more...xo

Cindy said...

Diane, the pictures are just beautiful! What a wonderful family history and tradition. 72 acres, although not what the family used to have, is an incredible amount of land these days! Thank you for sharing a bit about your end of the country. :-)

Laura Twiford said...

Love the lacecap! It sounds like you live in such a wonderful area! So much to see and do all the time, I love your posts about where you live, thanks for sharing!

Riki Schumacher said...

So beautiful Diane, your photography always takes my breath away. Love and hugs, Riki

Stacie said...

Really, really beautiful!

Diana said...

Okay I never knew that you grew rice in Texas??? Love your shot of the sugarcane and fields. And migratory birds also. Must be spectacular to see them in the fall. We have the migratory Monarch Butterflies here. They are a sight...so beautiful. Thank you for sharing , Diane.

Hugs
Diana

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Your photos are always so magical! Very lovely ~ sending you blessings!