Monthly Archives: February 2020

It’s always off-season

I am assuming that when your town’s baseball field looks like this, it is always the off-season.

San Saba, Texas
photographed 2.16.2020

his wings as drifted snow

If you’ve been around here long, you probably know that sometimes song lyrics will present themselves to me when I am making a photo. And if you know that, you probably also know that generally these lyrics have very little to do with the subject of the photo.

But today’s song actually relates to the image in a way that people who aren’t me can get! Don’t believe me?

Ballinger, Texas
photographed 2.15.2020


Me, arriving in unfamiliar small town: I hope there’s something abandoned around here.

Also me, because I was traveling by myself: I’ll just turn right here…WAIT A MINUTE. An old gas station??!

Later, and still me: Well, that was worth getting off the main highway!

Anson, Texas
photographed 2.17.2020

Many hurdles

Sports are a Big Deal in rural Texas communities, so no visit to a small town is complete without making a trip out to the stadium, which is how I found where the Brady school district stores the hurdles until track season.

Brady, Texas
photographed 2.16.2020

…and stay out!

Ten dead coyotes, strung up on a fence, warranted a series of u-turns so I could get this shot. Please don’t judge me: I only record what I see.

This practice of hanging dead coyotes on fence posts dates back to the mid-1900s, when hunters would do it as proof to the rancher who owned that property that coyotes were killed there so bounties could be paid. Some landowners also believe that hanging the coyotes on their fence will keep coyotes off of their property.
GON News

I am not entirely sure that hanging dead coyotes on a fence will keep the live ones away, but I do know, without question, that if the dead ones are, shall we say, fragrant, itinerant photographers will not hang around for very long.

(Fair warning: don’t try to transport live coyotes in Texas, as they are currently under a statewide rabies quarantine. Also, in Texas, it’s illegal to possess or sell live armadillos. It’s probably hard to imagine how we even manage to have fun around here with all these silly restrictions.)

San Saba County, Texas
photographed 2.16.2020

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