Remnant of Original Building Wall
A nice leaning top coping.
This handsome stack reaches on beside the road for acres. Because it is on the down slope of the hill, the waller has left little Weep Holes to prevent the wall collapse, in case too much water drains down the hill too quickly. Central Texas is known for its’ gully washers and a spring storm that deliverers 2-3 inches in a 30 minutes can easily compromise even the sturdiest of stacks. As we drove along, little patches of blue blinked at us through the hillside.
It’s Bluebonnet time in Texas and that calls for a drive to soak it up. On our scenic drive we found a jewel amongst the blue. A beautiful red sandstone dry stack that is at least 175 years old. With most of the walls in Central Texas being of white Limestone, this was a nice change. This beautiful stone is a brown-red Cambrian Hickory Sandstone, from the Riley Formation, part of the Llano Uplift. This was just the field stone gathered by the settlers of Sandy, near Johnson City, and little did they envision that this beauty would be standing in the year 2010. We inspected the wonderful mustard leichen and curly grey moss that gives it so much richness. Seeking out these old treasures stirs the armchair geologist in everyone, and makes local history so much more real.
This stately remnant is on a lot all to itself, with only a gnarly oak and cactus to keep it company. The owners built their home on the next lot, leaving this wall plenty of room to breath. I am sure that the Live Oak behind it was a little sapling when the wall was constructed. I like to think that the lovely English lady who owns this property chose it because it reminds her of the dry stacks that meander through the countryside in her native England.
Northern Hays County, Texas.
Warm rust, honey, cream, Dijon…..The range of color in the limestone available is part of the charm. It is affordable enough to bring your vision to life. Perhaps a ribbon of this beautiful stone trailing across acres of land. Not taming or separating, but allowing nature to dictate its’ path. This small grouping of trees prompted the builder to ease the shape around the trunks, not disturbing them, but adding to its’ organic flow.