Tag Archives: West Texas

Thursday Doors

Each week bloggers from around the world share photos of doors. Old doors, new doors, short doors and tall doors.

I love this challenge and think of it often. Sadly many Thursdays fly by before I realize I missed yet another week. I actually downloaded my photos for this week’s challenge several days ago….and still I almost missed it! Fortunately Norm 2.0 gives us until Saturday at noon (Eastern Time) to get our doors posted and shared.

I tend to gravitate toward old doors, worn doors and even doors with no way of reaching them…like the two I am sharing today…second floor doors, without stairs.

second floor doordoor with no stairs

Both photos taken in Snyder Texas. Hopefully both buildings are being refurbished and not just torn down.

If you would like to join the fun or just want to see a bunch of door photos stop by Norm 2.0 for a visit.

Trip to Snyder Texas…

Usually my family patiently treks around with me as search for photo opportunities. They sit in the car listening to music, looking at their phones, waiting for me to walk across the field, cross the road or work my way inside an abandon building.

This recent trip was a little different. Some extended family made the trip to West Texas with us. As the entire group went to breakfast, someone had to wait in the car with the dog. It is way too hot in Texas to let your dog stay in the car if the air conditioner is not running. I volunteered to hang with the dog. Tina suggested I drive around and take pictures – she knew I had been eyeing a few places. I quickly jumped at the idea.

I drove back out State Route 84 to a dilapidated shack. I had noticed the shack on our way into town. shack2.jpg

As I drove to the shack I noticed this house that appears to still be occupied and out by a rundown barn stood a windmill…honestly the windmill caught my eye…I love windmills.windmill

I am finding myself drawn to the old-style water towers. I am considering a photo collection of them. Here is the Snyder Texas Water Tower…found during my photo drive.

Watertower Snyder TX

I hope you enjoyed this small tour of Snyder Texas...I sure enjoyed taking the photos.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

We frequently take trips to West Texas to visit family. I enjoy stopping to take photos of abandon buildings, store fronts and houses.

This is a building in Tahoka Texas. PW abandon

It is an abandon grocery store.  If you look closely at the weather worn painting on the side of the building you can make out, Piggly Wiggly. This is a grocery store chain mostly found in the south of the United States. I was actually surprised to learn that this chain still exists. I guess because I’ve never seen an open one.Piggly Wiggly

On the opposite side of the building was a weather worn painting I really liked.  cow wall paint

I actually think the weathered look adds to the appearance of the painting.

 

To view more photos inspired by the word “weathered” visit The Daily Post.

 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Store Front Signs

Nothing like a little local place when you are seeking breakfast burritos in West Texas.

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CEO’s Black and White Challenge. This week we search out Store Front Signs and share what we found.

If you want to join the challenge or view what other store front signs were found simply follow this link.

Cycling Lesson…

I learned a valuable cycling lesson this morning.

Tina and I were visiting family in West Texas. I decided this morning to take a bike ride. In West Texas many of the roads seem endless. They are straight and may go 50 miles without a turn or even a town. IMG_3621
I told Tina which State Highway I planned to ride and in which direction. I also explained that I would ride out for an hour…turn around and ride back….obviously I would be gone for 2 hours.

As I headed out of town I felt great. My pedaling was smooth and my pace was consistently faster than usual. I averaged 17.3 to 20.1 MPH for the first 20 miles. I convinced myself the reason for the fast ride was the flat road and smooth pavement.
My 1 hour “out” was up at the 20 mile mark, so I crossed the road and headed back toward town.

As soon as I turned around I realized it was the tailwind that carried me twenty miles…and it would be the headwind I had to fight all the way back to town.

What took me an hour to ride with tailwind….took me one hour and 40 minutes to ride against the headwind.

A lot of self talk was required to keep me pushing against the headwind.
Same beautiful scenery, as the ride out…just look across the fields.
Be grateful you get to ride.
relax
quit being a wimp!
Just keep pedaling

I did finally make it back and I did acknowledge how fortunate I was to spend time riding and I did enjoy the fields and fields of unending farm land.IMG_3635

However, the next time I ride my bike in West Texas, I will check the direction of the wind (because there is always wind in West Texas) before determining which route to take.