The industry has shaped the terrain


When I was a kid, it seems like this whole part of Texas was cotton farms. Of course, I was a kid a long time ago (never mind just HOW long), so my memory is likely wrong.

But over the past 15 or 20 years, there’s been a huge increase in the numbers of dairy farms, which have caused these little mountains of cow feed to pop up. They’re covered with bright, white plastic and weighed down with tires, and eventually erode away. But new ones are always showing up.

Bailey County, Texas
photographed 7.9.2016

Posted on July 20, 2016, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Interesting. I had seen a Modern Marvels (or a similar type of show) that showed massive compost piles that (I think) produced methane (or something… clearly I was paying attention). As we’ve driven through rural areas; and I’ve seen things like this, I always assumed that’s what it was.

    I also realize how “city boy” I am whenever we’re driving through rural areas. 🙂


    • I can almost never identify crops. Except cotton (in the fall, mostly, right before harvest, when the bolls are open and the fields are white) and sunflowers. And corn.

      The worst is driving through the central coast in California where they grown a lot of vegetables – that stuff’s impossible to identify from the road. Signs would be helpful.

      I am impressed by how much you learned from that show!!

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      • Yeah, History Channel’s a great teacher, eh? 🙂

        I’m not so hot at identifying vegetables either. My wife would probably argue it’s because I don’t eat many of them (which is mostly true, but only because I avoid the gross ones).


      • I always thought I hated Brussels sprouts, because the only ones I’d had were my mom’s, using her Top Secret technique of boiling them for anywhere between 35 and 89 hours. Then last year I had roasted B. sprouts – and they weren’t gross at all!

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      • There is a huge veggie disparity between Wendi and me; so I promised I’d try everything she made (and I’ve kept it)… but among those things I just haven’t acquired a taste for is zucchini, squash, beets, cauliflower and yes: Brussels sprouts.

        Unfortunately for me, that list is basically her “favorite veggies” list.


      • The agency where I work does nutrition and cooking classes; one day the nutritionist made pizza that used cauliflower in the crust. I don’t know how it tasted, but it stunk up the whole office…

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      • My mom has pitched that idea a few times… and I’ve given exactly zero thoughts to actually trying it. Ugh.


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