Texas is not what I'd call a beautiful state, especially in the area where my sister spends her winters. The temperature is great, the cacti planted in yards are impressive, the palm trees are a novelty. But as a whole, the area isn't what I'd consider "scenic". The main roads are always teeming with traffic, too.
Most of the individual parks where senior citizens live , however, are very well-kept, quiet, and indeed, gorgeous.
I saw some roses blooming as we walked to the salon for my haircut; they were a real treat to me: roses in February! There's not only a "yellow rose in Texas", there's also a lovely pinkish one. This may be a Peace rose; it seems to me they are this color.
I'll leave you with a video taken at the jam session we attended on Friday. The man acting as master of ceremonies kept promising us a treat, and it certainly was a treat to listen to this Canadian fellow playing patriotic American songs.