We have been making frequent trips to West Texas lately. The purpose of yesterday’s trip was to deliver an electric wheelchair to Tina’s dad. There are basically two routes that we take to Brownfield and because of this we have become very familiar with each town we pass through. During our last trip (a few weeks ago) I noticed this abandoned store. We didn’t have time to stop so I made a mental note. As we headed West on I 20, early yesterday morning, the store made it on my list of must stops for this particular trip.
We pulled off onto this dirt road to take photos of an abandoned house.
We also enjoyed watching several wedges of geese fly overhead. I’m sure the geese were following a “path” only they could see.
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We made a quick (18 hours) out and back trip to Brownfield Texas today. It seemed like a good idea yesterday…but the last 100 miles were pretty rough.
The good news is….we never take a trip without stopping to take pictures. Here are a few of the sights from today’s journey.
“Photos are visual spaces where shapes and lines, objects, and people come together. Geometry in photography — shapes, diagonals, vanishing points….”
I have always been fascinated with photos and drawings of objects vanishing in the distance. An object that goes so far it disappears into the horizon. Objects like a railroad line or a country road.
Traveling through the wide open spaces of West Texas this past weekend I found many examples of vanishing points…here are two of the scenes I captured
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The weekly photo challenge is to find a monument, big or small. I have heard it said….”big things come in small packages.” I decided to find a monument with big meaning…even if it was small in stature.
On April 17, 2013 the West Fertilizer Company exploded. The explosion killed 15 people (12 of those 15 were first responders), injured (at least) 160 people and destroyed 150 buildings including the West Middle School.
Yesterday, my family and I drove to West, Texas (pop. 2800) to see if they had erected a monument. It also occurred to me the remnants of a spontaneous make-shift monument may still be standing.
Though I live only an hour from this town, I have never driven beyond the little store, just off the freeway, that sells fresh baked kolaches.
In search for monuments, we drove to the middle of town and took a left. It became obvious right away that we were on the right road. On either side of the road we noticed large empty fields. There are a lot of large fields in Texas but this was different. The fields had no grass, no mesquite trees, no grazing cattle, no life….just dirt and a few mangled fences.
Then I saw one, a monument. I pulled to the side of the road, jumped out of the car and stared in awe at the simplistic beauty this little monument shared. A wooden stick, with two wooden stars. Each star was painted with a personal note of encouragement and optimism.
I got back in the car to continue my search. Almost immediately I spotted another star, then another and another.
The town of West is rebuilding. As we drove through the neighborhood surrounding the explosion area we saw new houses being built and signs of life popping up all around. I have no doubt, with the encouragement of small yet meaningful monuments, that stand proudly along the road, this small Texas town will rebuild and flourish!
Love, Hope is here in West
I love West
Turn scars into stars