Monthly Archives: December 2013
I caught a chill when I wrote yesterday’s post, so let’s look at something I photographed on a day that was about 100 degrees warmer. Literally.
This is another view of the sign you can see in this shot. The most remarkable thing here, I think, is the way that one little wisp of a cloud looks like a banner fluttering from the sign.
But do you see what else? Yep – painted-and-faded plywood!
The winter of 2009-2010 was bad, by our rather lax Texas standards.
There was a big snowstorm on Christmas Eve that left 7″ of snow. (I know. Those of you who get actual snow are laughing at me right now, aren’t you?) But for us, it was a lot.
Then at the end of January, we got snow and ice. And it stayed cold for a while, with just enough sun during the day that all that frozen stuff could start to melt a little bit. But not much: in the morning the trees had icicles that looked like the prisms on a chandelier. It was pretty.
But it was also cold, and I was glad when summer arrived.
I had a meeting in Plainview, Texas, the other morning and I took advantage of being there to take a few photos before I left. Plainview’s only about 45 miles from Lubbock, but for some reason I never think to drive up there and look around.
I’d been missing a lot.
For one thing, there was this place.
And then I saw this scene. That upside-down chair is what caught my eye. But aside from that, there is sort of a lot going on here. There’s a pumpkin, a small trampoline, a stack of tires, a bell, some damaged pegboard. And that plywood: I am thinking of switching my loyalties from corrugated metal to painted-and-faded plywood. I love the way the faded paint shows the grain of the wood.
Evidently the fine folks in Odessa like their signage to be big. There was this theater marquee from a couple of days ago, and now this fantastic structure, which marks the location of the Great Oil Basin Shopping Center.
This sign is three or four stories tall, and I suppose at some point in its past it actually SAID the name of the shopping center. In neon. In neon that blinked and flashed and all that other fancy stuff neon signs can do.
But now it’s mute. Oh, and red.