Some might say I moved deep behind enemy lines on a recent trip to central Texas. (UT and my alma mater OU don't exactly love each other) But rest assured, I'm not switching sides. I'm simply appreciating another place's excellence in what matters much to me.
In fact, it matters to everyone, even if they don't yet realize it; outdoor living excellence.
I continue to find that the "enemy" is quite friendly! Enjoy the movements in some great spaces I saw.
|When I heard DJ John Aeilli describe the landscape below the new KUT studios, I had to visit, to see if Christy Ten Eyck's office designed it - yep. Few others in Texas seem to appreciate native Honey Mesquite, even many who get the land.|
Many buildings treat entry and exit in a straight line. The new Belo Center at UT instead offers several ways to move about, where one has to experience different levels, mostly native plants, and the land - in order to go elsewhere.
|Later on my trip, this likeness to UT's mascot, Bevo, moved towards me...a longhorn steer, even UT's burnt orange color.|
I just had to say, "hey Bevo!", in case he would pose.
|And he did, turning towards me for a classic photo angle! Uh oh. Movement.|
|But I digress - I'm back, deep behind enemy lines, to look at landscape movements. As these students zoom around.|
|Movement in water downhill - cooling sounds and sights.|
|Movements can end in something peaceful like this pool, mimicking a riparian area.|
|Grasses move in the breeze or wind, just like students down a ramp and through some other plantings, as they move between classes, where they live, and other activities. I think every plant species here is native to their ecoregion or adjacent ones.|
|Sideoats Grama, a native and their state grass in Texas. No need to use non-native species that have nothing to do with one's place...far more effective to love, embrace, and use place in creating one's place.|
|Of course, some of the movement is on cell phones, while walking down the steps. Hopefully, this |
mesquite tree will perform well in its container, as well as those in the tree wells.
|More students leaving the building differently...|
|...via a different way, through different plantings, such as Flame Acanthus L and Pale Yucca R. More native plants!|
|Even more texting, walking, and Sideoats Grama. It really pops against the plain background, as the wind moves it back and forth. That looks like another local native on top of the wall, the succulent Beargrass.|
I think I get it. And many there certainly get it. Movements are good.