This is not Point Reyes, nor is it Sumburu Wildlife Park. This is my small world where the dog watches the sun and moon face to face in mornings. This is the land where the pruned grapevines bask in the sun, with possibilities of getting freeze the next day or so. This is a warm February morning in East Texas.
A hidden world under tangled branches, vines, and limbs in a nook of Mill Creek as it meanders along in Van Zandt County, Texas. These two pieces will be part of Going Green Show at the 211 Art Gallery in Athens, Texas, from today through April 18, 2015. The printed dimension for both are 11″ x 17″ print, 18″ x 24″ with frame.
Standing on the 2-year-old concrete bridge, these are what you will see in winter. Tangled vines, limbs, and branches. And barren trees. The bridge is one of many that crosses over the Mill Creek in Van Zandt County, Tx. This particular one is connecting Edgewood and Fruitvale.
Photographs © 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri.com
I’ve been observing and preserving the beauty of East Texas sky since I moved here, in Edgewood, in 2006. In 2012, I self-published my photography book, On the Edge of the Piney Woods, compiling the photographs of ever-changing Texas sky and the land’s natural beauty in four seasons. The sky and the land don’t stop amaze me with their ever-changing beauty and surprises, so I keep taking photographs of the same subjects. Like these views of one fiery sunrise in early winter in December 2013. The ray of golden sunlight caught my eyes through the kitchen window, as always, notifying me that a glorious scene was going to play out there in a few seconds. Without delay, I grabbed my camera and got out there in a crisp morning to capture it.
© Ine Burke 2014 / inegaleri.com 2014
Blurb Preview of the book, On the Edge of the Piney Woods:
THE DANCING TREES
Photographs & Words
A new book by Ine Burke & Harold Burke
To be released on November 9th, 2013, at the 37th Edgewood Heritage Festival.
THE DANCING TREES
Photographs and Words
Photographs by Ine Burke
The Dancing Trees brings together nine photo essays capturing objects normally seen, and some unexpectedly found, in a rural farmstead and in old downtown Edgewood, Texas. It’s simply about the things that we treasure and respect. Care and love. Discover and research. Or just the things that we enjoy doing.
~ Ine Burke
Words by Harold Burke
The words are inspired by Ine’s beautiful photographs, and by our simple life on the farm in East Texas with our wonderful daughter, Alafair. And our dog, Hank.
~ Harold Burke
Hardbound Case / 8”x10” / 94 Pages / 9 Chapters /
68 Color and Black-and-White Photographs / 22 Poems
List of Photographs and Words
Chapter I: Artifacts
Chapter II: The Barnyard
Chapter III: Edgewood
Chapter IV: The Garden
Chapter V: Horses
Chapter VI: Hunting
Chapter VII: The Dancing Trees
Chapter VIII: Patterns in Nature
Chapter IX: Alafair
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It was the first sunset in July.
Chimney swifts maneuvering against the majestic Texas sky before settling down back in the chimney for the night.
See more Texas sky photos in my book: On the Edge of the Piney Woods
Fruitvale, Texas – Spring 2012
In a little tiny corner of this gargantuan state, the corner some call North Texas, Northeast Texas, East Texas, or Upper East Side of Texas, about a mile east of the intersection between two important highways, US Highway 80 and Texas Highway 19, there’s a tiny city called Fruitvale. It’s an ordinary place, at first sight. Just two highways slicing through small towns, pastures, ranches, quiet communities, bumpy county roads. Trains towing industrial cars. There is no grand canyon or enormous rock monuments. No wide rivers with magnificent old steel bridges. There are no bustling boulevards, nor arrondissement. No modern architectural marvels. No central park dotted with art installations.
It is a community that came into being with the arrival of the Texas and Pacific Railroad in 1873. The town site was initially a railroad switch, which is where the rail track diverges from the main track into a short branch or spur. The switch was called Bolton Switch. One of its early endeavors was cord wood and cross ties, cut from local timber, and used in the construction of the rail lines. In 1903 another industry was thriving and gave the town its current name. About 20,000 fruit trees had been planted and even more in the following years. Berries and other vegetables such as potatos and corn were also blossoming. The local fruit growers filed petition to change the town name to Fruitvale and, obviously, it was granted.
My fellow Texans who live here are very proud of their heritage and celebrate that with a plethora of festivals, parades, rodeos, fairs, barbecues, hoe downs, and other friendly get-to-gathers. When they aren’t having a festival of one kind or another, they are getting together to trade or to swap stuff. They are artists and artisans. They make horseshoes into hat racks. Wine bottles into wind chimes. Oil barrels into barbecue pits. The sheet metal from junked automobiles can become a pink elephant yard ornament or a huge lone star hanging over a gateway to a cattle ranch.
And a life celebration, such as wedding, is observed in an honest, free of pretense, and genuine way of their everyday life.
(Part of the essay was quoted from My Northeast Texas)
Each of these panorama pictures consist of at least three shots taken with Leica M9 that were stitched together to make one panorama photo.
This year hay were baled early and they are abundant | Emory, Tx
A friend of ours who works for the county and has been working on reconstructing the road by our farm told us about salt flat near the salt mine, so here it is
Grand Saline, Tx
A vineyard right by the Crooked Creek in Edgewood looks pretty after being manicured | Edgewood, Tx
The participants of Balloon Festival were getting ready for the balloon glows | Tailwind Airpark, Edgewood, near Canton, Tx
Our recent trip to Athens brought us to Tara Vineyard and Winery, not too far from downtown Athens. Sitting on the foreground of the vineyard is the historic Murchison home, built in 1880; and the winery is seated high on a hill overlooking the whole scene.
They are named after the characters in The Beverly Hillbillies, a TV series broadcasted on CBS in 1962 to 1971. The gelding is Jethro, the filly -the one with white mark on her forehead- Elly May. The donkey is, of course, Eeyore.