A substantial sky

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Out here, in this part of Texas, there are lots of opportunities to shoot skies, and I’ve been known to shoot a few myself. Almost always, though, the skies are, well, skies – without much else going on.

But if there’s a chance to photograph a nice sky and an interesting building, why not take it?

Not only that, but this building has my favorite kind of brick on it.  What?  You mean not everyone has a “favorite brick”?  That’s very hard to believe.  But I bet by now you are wondering what my favorite is, aren’t you?  It’s Roman brick, with is long and skinny compared to standard brick.  (Here’s a handy chart.) The darker brick on this building is Roman brick; you can see it better if you click to enlarge the photo.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 9.29.2012

Posted on January 11, 2014, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Three cheers for bricks – we don’t have too many in the PNW… lots of wood instead. Lovely image.

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  2. The brick and the building has that modern mid-century look that is my favorite. My house is a standard brick. It’s nice and it’s built like a Canadian outhouse, but it’s not as nice as this.

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    • Mid-century is my favorite style, too, which is probably because I, too, am mid-century….

      Do you think Ehpem will be offended by your “Canadian outhouse” reference?!

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      • Why would he be offended by a compliment?

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      • I just hope he knows that it IS a compliment!

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      • My first reading of Ken’s sentence was “It’s built like a Canadian outhouse, but not as nice”. I like that reading, though I doubt I have ever been in an outhouse as nice as Ken’s place must be. My family cabin has an outhouse that has been standing since the 1930’s, no brick though; wood poles with gaps on three sides, and open on the far side from the cabin. Flimsy even if durable.

        BTW, I have dug up Roman bricks, including part of the Londinium (London) wall. Real ones, while proportionally longer and bigger than modern ‘normal’ bricks, don’t look much like these ones.

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      • I think the term for the outhouse at your family’s cabin is “airy”!

        I guess what you’ve dug up have been actual Roman bricks; the ones in this photo would be either “Roman” or roman bricks. I’ll have to consult a style manual, maybe, to find out for sure.

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  3. Ominous sky.
    It’s wonderful!
    Thank you for the brick info.
    Now I know that I grew up in a standard brick house. 🙂

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  4. Typical Texas sky. Thanks for pointing me to that site about bricks etc. I have bricks around the house as decorations. I prefer the sandy-pink with gray-black specks but maybe they do not make them any more… and I like the decorative thin type but even a true simple red brick weighs wonderfully in the hand. The Roman type on that building looks great. I bet the place is all lit up at night, or was.

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    • I like bricks, too. The house I grew up in was made from used brick (which was sort of ahead of its time, I guess, since it was built in the mid 1960s). The bricks were all different, and I had favorite bricks on the house. The one I liked best was on the front of the house, beside the garage – it had a black glazed finish on it.

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  5. Thanks to you, as I drove down Main Street in Abernathy today, I noted the First State Bank was built with Roman brick. Never knew that this past half century.

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  6. Stormy rather threatening sky that goes well with this sombre looking building. I’m amazed at the number of wires that appear to be heading inward – but I think most are actually just passing by. In a strange way they anchor this shot and become an asset rather than an abomination which is more often the case.

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