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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Trail Ahead



These silhouettes of a cattle drive are on a hill south of Hobbs, New Mexico and were created  by Artist Brian Norwood.   










There are 17 figures of cattle and cowboys on horseback.









Some of the figures are over 20 feet tall






The exhibit stretches for 400 feet!

Cattle drives from Texas started as early as 1857 and ended in the 1880's when barbed wire blocked the right of ways.  And of course railroads extended to the south and west made this drive unnecessary.
The cattle drive moved at a pace of 12 to 15 miles a day and the cattle would gain as much as 33% as they munched their way north to the railroad in Kansas.  

For more information on Artist Brian Norwood click here

For fun facts about Texas cattle drives click here.

Oh I love Texas!!



    




  




38 comments:

  1. How cool! I'm from Texas and just love it! Thanks for sharing these awesome pictures and have a great day!
    Theresa

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  2. Well that's neat, and it looks real!

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  3. Those pics are gorgeous and they totally look real!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Now following back!
    Ashley

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  4. That's awesome! Thank you for sharing this today, and thank you for joining up with the Oh HAPPY Day link party too! You are a rock star! =)

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  5. Awesome!! Happy WW :)

    ~ Jill

    http://www.frugalplus.com/2013/02/wordless-wednesday-wlinky-kids-n-pets.html

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  6. From far away, you'd think that was real! One of these days, I need to see all the cool stuff the great state of Texas has to offer!

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  7. Beautiful post! While I resist the urge to go fill my car with gas and head towards a much warmer Texas (we're expecting up to 12 inches of snow here tomorrow...enjoy some warm TX sunshine for me!! ;)), I'm thrilled to tell you that I've nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award!! You can check out the post where I nominated you, linking to your fabulous blog, at: http://chattingoverchocolate.blogspot.com/2013/02/receiving-and-bestowing-honor-of.html ...Congrats! Have a beautiful night! :)

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  8. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this.

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  9. That is very cool! Love it. I would love to visit Texas and some warmer weather. ;) Visiting via the GYB blog hop and now following on GFC. Come visit me here in the cold. ;) Joann

    http://www.womaninreallife.blogspot.ca/

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  10. Wow that's amazing! I've never seen anything like this! I wouldn't have known it was a silhouette if you hadn't said.

    Thanks for sharing :)

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  11. I so want to see this. Thanks for sharing. Followed you from the blog hop and having a great time. This is my first time with it. Have a great day!

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  12. Wow! I want to see that to!! Looks real in the photograph! :)

    Following from the blog hop!
    http://aworldofcrafts.blogspot.com/

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  13. I graduated from high school in western Oklahoma and seeing those images brought back so many memories!!! I live in the Florida panhandle now, and I only go back to visit but there are times that I miss the cowboy way... I found your blog on the Thursday blog hop. If you have a chance, visit me @ www.feelingtheemptynest.blogspot.com

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  14. Love this and would LOVE to visit Texas! I've never been. Please come link up this post at my new blog hop Thursday Thoughts at NanaHood.com Blessings to you!
    http://nanahood.com/spaceships-stamps-and-gas-cards

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  15. Those sculptures are amazing!
    Thanks so much for sharing! =)

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  16. I would never have thought they were so large. Very cool!

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  17. What a fantastic exhibit! Thanks for sharing :)

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  18. I want to go on a cattle drive some time before I can no longer haul myself up into a saddle. Have you gone on any?

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  19. I love your photos, and I love Texas too! ;-) Thanks for sharing. (visiting from Farm Girl Friday)

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

    www.taylormaderanch.com/blog

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  20. Hiii! Im just swinging by from the TGIF blog hop & followed your blog! (YAYYY) Hope to see you on my side of the blog as well <3

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  21. Wicked good! Love to find unusual cow art. Good post. Drop by and see my Vermont herd when you have a chance: www.tailgait.blogspot.com

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  22. What a great work of art! There was an artist outside of Topeka, KS that made figures like that and put them out so you could see them from the interstate.

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  23. Thanks for sharing that artwork - reminds me of a sculpture I love here in Washington of wild horses along a ridge.

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  24. Loving reading through your blog today!! I just found you through the blog hop and had 3 thoughts about this site:
    1. I LOVE IT! What a marvelous concept (and a fun time of life!)
    2. You take gorgeous photographs-- go ahead, girl!
    3. I MUST FOLLOW THIS !

    And so, now I'm following along :)

    Hope you'll stop by sometime to say hi.
    http://www.wanderlust-wishlist.blogspot.com/

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  25. Great post! Enjoyed both links. We honeymooned in Abilene because DH had heard about the great cattle drives -- can you believe that? (well -- and it was close and we didn't have much time :-)) We live in Ohio now but his Tony Llamas and Stetson are in the closet for trips back home to NE. I will share with him! Thanks!

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  26. I can't believe they are statues - I bet they are an inspiring sight.

    I would love it if you'd link this up to my Monday Mantras Inspirational Linkup too, if you have time.

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  27. The prints are beautiful! I love Texas too, that's where I live!! Thank you so much for participating and sharing it at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase Party!

    Marti
    http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2013/02/saturday-show-licious-craft-showcase-21.html

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  28. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  29. I love Texas, too. I LOVE THE ART!! LOVE LOVE LOVE. Just wonderful and thanks so much for sharing as I would not have seen this unless you had shared it. Thanks again. Linda

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  30. So cool!! Looks so real! Thanks so much for sharing at Artsy Corner :)

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  31. I love this! That would be so neat to watch. I love watching all the old westerns about the conflict between cattlemen and farmers with the introduction of barbed wire. Thanks for sharing with us at Real Housemoms.

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  32. Wow, this is so awesome! I love it. When we lived in Texas, I always did a unit on cattle drives in my classroom. Makes me miss it seeing these amazing silhouettes. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. Have a wonderful weekend!!
    Hugs
    Kathy

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  33. I love those cut outs! Really cool! Thanks for linking with me :)

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  34. Whoa. I would love seeing this. Definitely on my traveling bucket list. :D Thanks for sharing.
    p

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  35. So cool! 20 feet tall! Wow! Thanks so much for linking this up at my Show Off Your Shell Party!

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments:)))