Things held sacred

You other photographers know exactly how this works: you’re driving along and see something (let’s say a wooden cross mounted on a fence in front of an abandoned house, to pick something at random), and you drive right by. Then, maybe a mile or two down the road,  you start to think that maybe you should have stopped to photograph  it. But you drive on for maybe another mile before you convince yourself that you need to get that shot. And then it takes a minute or two to get to a place where you can turn around, and then maybe you have to drive past it a little ways to find a place to make that second turn-around. And then, there you are. With the cross, just like you spotted it from the car, nicely framed between two different-height fence posts.

Just a normal-ish drive, right?

Ward County, Texas
photographed 7.15.2018

Posted on July 20, 2018, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Oh, TOTALLY normal!!


  2. Nice! There’s a haiku in this:

    driving the flat road,
    found a cross by an old shack –
    ’twas worth going back


    • Kim! That’s excellent! Did you know that I actually recycle these images over on another blog – The Poetry of Photography – where I add a haiku to them? There’s about a one-year lag between the two blogs. Can I use this (with credit to you, of course) when I post it on the haiku blog?


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      • Melinda, no, I didn’t realize you were a haiku-er, too! I was already following The Poetry of Photography and love it, but didn’t realize these two blogs were connected. I hope you don’t mind that I left a haiku in response to one of your Eiffel Tower posts. Your haiku “voice” is conversational rather than traditional, and I really like it! My runs that direction, too. (You “get” me!) Of course you can use my haiku – I’m honored.


      • I’ll never object to a haiku!

        Back in 2012, my friend Laurie (who’s a poet) wrote posted a comment in haiku every day on the One Day | One Image blog. I felt like her verses were buried in the comments section, and decided to put them on equal footing with the photos, and that’s when I started The Poetry of Photography. When her year of posting was done, I decided to try to continue the blog with my own verses. And here we are, approximately 1600 haiku later…

        Also, I am almost positive that I couldn’t write a haiku in the traditional voice!

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      • That is a great story about how one thing leads to another, and the interconnectedness of us all.


      • Indeed – the interconnectedness! In fact, my poet friend that got the whole thing started is someone I met through another whole weird set of connected things…

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      • Sounds like a great story for a blog post! If it doesn’t fit into either of yours, feel free to guest post on mine. 🙂


      • I just spent some time over on your blog – what fun it is! And you’re from Galveston? For some reason that surprised me! Anyway I’d be happy to visit with you about some collaborations, either with the story of my friend the poet, or other things that may come up… I’ll use the contact form on your blog to send you my email.

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      • Gosh, Melinda, thank you for the compliment! I’m not actually “from” Galveston; my Dad worked for Exxon until I was 10 as a “junior executive” and we lived all over Texas, as they moved him every couple of years. He quit his job in protest over forced ranking performance evaluations, and he and my Mom moved to the Bolivar Peninsula in Galveston County to live a simpler life. He joined Motorola and drove an hour each way, every day, for years, to allow us the freedom to grow up in a wild and unspoiled area. It was a fantastic childhood. Until he died, my brother and I were always going to write a book, “Surviving the Perfect Childhood,” but that’s another story for another day.

        I look forward to hearing from you and planning our collaborations!


    • It’s funny how this post struck a chord with a lot of people. Just yesterday, the Pilates instructor pulled me aside and said she, too, made a lot of u-turns, but that hers were mostly when she saw shoe stores!


  3. You had to turn back …


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