These photos really need a sound track. As I’m creating this post, I have this running in the background so I have an accompaniment of bird and bugs and perhaps frogs chirping away. There’s also the hint of a breeze rustling the trees and high grass. For me, that is the sound of Texas. Not the traffic and the constant construction of the city, but the almost quiet of nature. The only thing that trumps it is rain on metal, whether it’s a tin roof or a window unit air conditioner. And of course after the rain all the singing and chirping and buzzing returns.

Photos by Sandra Peterson Ramirez