Author Archives: Melinda Green Harvey
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!
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.
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
Here’s our situation, conveniently located within one photograph: an almost-gone farmhouse and so many wind turbines I can’t even count them.
Also – and I won’t divulge how I know this – that field was a lot muddier than it looked.
*Yes, that is the actual name of the place. Apparently the town’s founder named it for his daughter, Wastella. My question is who in the hell would give their child a name like that??!?