Between heaven and Texas, there's a sky that goes on forever. On
cloudless mornings after a norther has blown through, the sky is
such a perfect cobalt blue that you forget the "between" and know
that heaven is Texas, or Texas is heaven-it doesn't really matter
which. But most days there are clouds between Texas and
heaven-puffy white clouds that set us dreaming on lazy summer days
or roiling storm clouds that unleash lightning, tornadoes, and
hail. The sky between heaven and Texas is a stage for drama more
often than not, just like the lives we live below it. Perhaps
that's why we're always looking up. In this beautiful book, noted
photographer Wyman Meinzer revisits the place that inspires his
most creative work-the Texas sky. His photographs capture the vast
dramas that occur between heaven and Texas-rainstorms that blot out
mountain ranges, lightning strikes that dazzle a night-black
prairie, trains of clouds that rumble for miles over wheat fields,
sunsets that lave the whole wide sky in crimson, gold, and pink.
Meinzer's striking images reveal that in the sky above, no less
than on the land below, endless variety is commonplace in Texas.
Joining Meinzer in this celebration of the Texas sky are two fine
writers, Sarah Bird and Naomi Shihab Nye. In her wonderfully
personal introduction, Sarah Bird describes growing up as a
dedicated cloud-watcher who, after several years among the cotton
candy clouds and cool fogs of Japan, was shocked and exhilarated by
the limitless hot skies of Texas. Naomi Nye has chosen poems by
twenty-six Texas poets, including herself, which explore a spectrum
of emotion about the sky above Texas and the weather in our lives
beneath it. Together, photographs, memoir, and poems create a
lasting connection with the power and presence of what Meinzer
calls "that vast frontier and ocean above"-the sky between heaven
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