>> Tuesday, December 9, 2008
It has been cold here (finally) so the boys and I are spending a lot of time exploring the back fields, barns and the chicken coop. All of the outbuildings are really overgrown right now (cows and chickens have moved out and were replaced by hay, so we have a huge cleanup project planned this winter so we can get chickens again), so we only climb around there when the snakes are frozen. In Texas we have a cornucopia of snake diversity, 68 species, 4 of which are venomous (coral snakes, copperheads, cottonmouths (also known as water moccasins), and rattlesnakes). Interesting enough we have seen 3 of the 4 in our backyard at various times. I have yet to see a rattlesnake, but we have "ran" into a few of them northwest of us on our camping adventures. My husband hates snakes (he still blames them for getting us booted out of Eden) but I am fascinated yet respectful of them.
So last week I decided to take some photos of the interesting textures we came across in our adventures. I think some of them are quite nice, so I put them all together for you to download. The zipped file is huge (100 MB), but there are some really interesting barnyard and natural textures in there. The ones below are 2 samples. They are just normal .jpgs, so after unzipping the file, just open them like a normal image in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Here is a texture tutorial if you need some ideas on how to use these textures.