Author Archives: Melinda Green Harvey

Man’s best friends

This trio of crosses in the corner of a pasture surprised me: I wasn’t expecting to see that someone’s (presumably) beloved pets were buried there.

Kendall County, Texas
photographed 4.18.2021

Any Horse

Yes, if you are ever worried about any horse – ANY! – please phone the number here on this sign. Never mind that you can’t read all of it or that there’s no area code. Just please do call.

Peyton Colony, Texas
photographed 4.18.2021

Freedmen’s Church

This was a nice find during my Big Day o’ Wandering.

This church was established in 1874 to serve the residents of Peyton Colony, a freedmen’s community named after Peyton Roberts, a former slave and one of the first freedmen to settle in the area. Please check out this video to learn more about Freedmen’s Communities in Texas; it is interesting and surely was not taught in Texas history when I was growing up.

Peyton Colony, Texas
photographed 4.18.2021

Death and the unlatched gate

I was mostly just turning down any available road, without any real purpose or direction. And also without any real concept of where, exactly, I was. But there was a cemetery, so of course I stopped.

I had a weird feeling, like I’d been there before.

And you know why? Because in 2009, on a similar day of wandering (with my dear friend Carlos), we’d found this exact spot. And I posted this photo on my blog, which was all of 220 days old at the time.*

McKinney Cemetery
Hays County, Texas
photographed 4.18.2021

*I’d link to that first blog, but there’s no reason for any of us to have to endure that particular horror. You’re welcome.

on and on (for many a year)

Believe it or not, this row of mailboxes presented such a compelling photographic vision that I made a u-turn to get back to it.

This was at the end of a long day of wandering and photographing. The day started out slowly. Nothing seemed to want to be a photograph. The things I saw at first were too new and shiny to be of interest. There was too much traffic to make sudden stops and/or u-turns safe alternatives.  But eventually, I hit my stride (not coincidentally that happened when I started turning down any road that was less travelled than the one I was currently on) and suddenly a day’s worth of images were right there in front of me. Everything seemed like it was worthy of my lens: it was the best of days.

Hays County, Texas
photographed 4.18.2021

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