sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Texas Dino-sours

Dino-sour country extends southward from the Texas Hill Country to the coast. Many of the courthouses and original homes are constructed of limestone blocks that are comprised of the materials (shells, coral, etc.) that made up the floor of a Jurassic sea. Salt ocean though it was, it was often very shallow (periodic global warming no doubt caused by the portent of man, 75 million years later) and there are dino-sour footprints remaining in limestone here and there.

While in Glen Rose, the county seat of Somerville County, I looked at a large dinosaur (T-Rex style) footprint, eternally cast in limestone there in a wall next to the courthouse. An old man scrutinizing my examination, recited:  

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.