the mechanics of the thing

My dad was a civil engineer, which meant that I was exposed to hearing about how things worked throughout my life. (Once, as we were pulling out of the driveway to go see my grandpa, I asked what pre-stressed concrete was. An hour later, when we arrived, he was just concluding Part One: Introduction to Concrete.) Probably because of a combination of hearing things like that from my dad and the fact that our brains were wired similarly (except for the part about how he was an engineer and that calculus made me need to lie down), I am always interested in looking at the details in any setting. I like knowing what sort of minutiae matter to the people who use the place and seeing what kinds of things are needed to keep it going.

And so I was happy to be able to see these things, the ones that mattered.

Presidio la Bahía
Goliad, Texas
photographed 5.6.2019


Posted on May 21, 2019, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. A wonderful truth to be passed on by your Dad. A wonderful image as well. Did you ever get Lesson #2 ?


    • If we DID get to lesson 2, I’ve blocked it from my memory. What I can’t block, though, are our family vacations when we stopped at looked at sewage treatment facilities along the way. Nothing says “family fun” more than that particular scent when you’re downwind…

      Oh, those crazy civil engineers!


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