For roughly the past 10 years, my go-to spot to shoot any weather-related wild art has been the statue “Riding into the Sunset” by Electra Waggoner Biggs. This statue features Will Rogers and his horse Soapsuds.
Today would have been Will’s 140th birthday, and social media was filled with celebration of the famous author and humorist. Even Google celebrated him with a special doodle on the home page.
Therefore, I decided it would be an ideal time to search through my personal archive for images of Will riding Soapsuds through the entryway to Texas Tech.
I’ve posted many of these pictures over the years, but this is the first time they’ve been together in the same place. So along with this Twitter thread, here are some of my favorite photos of “Riding into the Sunset.”
Wrapped for national and local events
Before every home football game and many other important sports, the Saddle Tramps will wrap the statue in red crepe paper. And for more tragic events they’ll wrap it in black.
Occasionally, even normal students will find the time to wrap the statue. Such as in 2011, when the statue was wrapped in red, white and blue following the death of Osama bin Laden.
Neither snow, nor heat, nor the gloom of night has kept me from going up to the statue to shoot photos in different weather. Over time, I have found myself standing at the foot of the statue during dust storms, rain, snow, lightning, sunsets and rainbows.
Texas Tech Tulips and Spring Flowers
Each year the grounds maintenance staff at Texas Tech plants tens of thousands of tulip bulbs around campus. Including the prominent location around the statue.
Additionally, students plant flowers around campus for Arbor Day.