I mentioned Seaholm yesterday, the old power plant that was converted into offices. You can see a better view of it here. For many years, ever since I moved to Austin in the early 90s, it was out of commission and off-limits. It was not too long ago when the redevelopment project completed. Eight years ago, I got special permission to go inside to photograph the interior shell. Oh, how the area has changed since then.
You can also see the view out west towards the Texas Hill Country. The sightly undulating horizon may not look much from here, but yes, there are some considerable hills out there. Austin is situated in the middle of an old fault line. To the east, flat prairie that stretches north into the heartland where buffalo once roamed. To the west, the beginning of the Texas Hill Country, a large area of hills with rocky, marginal, but a tree-covered land that dominates the center of Texas.
When I lived on the East Coast, before my move to Austin, I thought all of Texas was a flat dusty desert with tumbleweeds and cactus. As you can see, Central Texas is very different. There are rivers, lakes, and hills with a decent amount of greenery. It certainly gets hot, but it’s hardly a desert.
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