Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Elmendorf countryside

The country road leading up to Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard outside Elmendorf, Texas.

To the left of the driveway as I was leaving Sandy Oaks,

To the right of the driveway.

From IH 37 looking across the olive orchard toward the festival grounds.

The rest of the photo.

Now, if you are in the area, all the color is on the south side of San Antonio these days. As you drive south IH 37 from SA - when you reach the top of the Loop 1604 overpass look to your right and hold onto the steering wheel. You will want to stop the car and look at this amazing site. I took these next few photos as I was driving back to San Antonio and could not capture the jaw dropping beauty.
All the same pasture....

And it keeps on going. If you look into my rear view mirror you can see the awesome verbenas and phlox in the highway median. Hope I have time this weekend to get my sweetie out for a road trip and have some more wildflower photos for you next week.

Yaya, I understand the trip between Lytle and San Antonio on IH 35 is spectacular. Hopefully, I can get out that way to see for myself.


lifeshighway said...

It is so beautiful but so flat. I did not know that olives grew in Texas. Can you get fresh olives there? And do you eat fresh olives or do they have to be treated in some way?

Tufa Girl said...

South of San Antonio is flatter as you drive toward the Gulf Coast. "Olives do grow in Texas" (I saw a t-shirt that said so.)

Freshly picked olives (whether green or picked black - have to be brined (sit in a salt bath for weeks).

Tufa Girl said...


quite a bit of reading but a great episode of "Good Eats"

YayaOrchid said...

Cindy, thank you so much for the heads up! Wish we could make a trip that way, but it won't be for a couple of weeks more. Hope there'll still be wildflowers blooming.

YayaOrchid said...

P.S. I forgot to add that we have an olive tree which is pretty good sized, about 4-5 years old. I was also wondering and hoping when it might produce olives. And if it does, what we would do with them, LOL!