Monthly Archives: June 2021

…and then one day, no one returned

I’ve written about this before, about the mysterious things just get left behind when a business closes or moves away. This one looks like no one there knew it was the last time – the centerpieces moved off the tables for cleaning, the spray bottle down there on the bar, someone’s COVID mask left behind.

It feels like the last two people there said, “Yeah. That’s enough for today – we’ll come back on Saturday to finish up.” Only….

Lubbock County, Texas
photographed 5.16.2021

Pods + Church

Most of the time when I spot things out in the country, I don’t quite seem to even understand what’s happening. This – with the storage pod and the decrepit church – is just the most recent example of my confusion.

I did understand, though, that the sky was just as important as the other things in the frame, if that matters at all.

Lubbock County, Texas
photographed 5.16.2021


Here’s a detail from the now-defunct drive-in movie theater. Many times the details of the thing are more interesting than the thing itself.

Lamesa, Texas
photographed 5.2.2021

in the crashing chaos

“Good God, woman, GET INSIDE.” -what my friend Don told me he thought to himself when I sent him this photo.

This end-of-the-world-looking cloud was right above my house and the rotation (a sign that maybe there’s a tornado) was clearly apparent. I’ve lived in tornado-prone areas for almost my whole life and this…this was scary.

There wasn’t a tornado, though, and my neighborhood didn’t even get too much rain. And also, I did go inside after I made this photo.

The title is from – you may know what I am going to say here – a Bruce Cockburn song, “Boundless.”

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 5.17.2021

Building Permit and the Madonna

That’s a building permit taped into the window next to the madonna. The permit’s from a least a decade ago – it’s almost too faded to read but I was able to make out a few things: new roof, new ceiling, new floor, new plumbing were all listed. I am reasonably sure that none of those things have been done. I am less sure that there even still is a roof, actually.

Idalou, Texas
photographed 5.16.2021

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