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Watermelon Water Tower, Luling, Texas

We visited the US Botanic Garden’s annual “Season’s Greenings” display titled “Roadside Attractions” featuring plant-based recreations of iconic sights from across the United States, with G gauge model trains chugging around, below, through and above the displays.

The Luling water tower resembles a watermelon to honor the local watermelon industry. The tower is 154 feet tall and 56 feet in diameter. The tower is a notable landmark and attraction for travelers. Every year, Luling holds the Watermelon Thump, a festival with competitions for melon-eating and seed-spitting that has been ongoing since 1954. The current world record for seed-spitting
is almost 70 feet.

Building materials: gourd, palm fronds, bamboo, willow, wisteria, kiwi vine

View from the Capitol columns, posted earlier:

Nikon D810 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
1/125s f/5.6 at 34.0mm iso5000 full exif

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Julie Oldfield06-Dec-2017 00:41
This is very cool! V