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The industry has shaped the terrain


When I was a kid, it seems like this whole part of Texas was cotton farms. Of course, I was a kid a long time ago (never mind just HOW long), so my memory is likely wrong.

But over the past 15 or 20 years, there’s been a huge increase in the numbers of dairy farms, which have caused these little mountains of cow feed to pop up. They’re covered with bright, white plastic and weighed down with tires, and eventually erode away. But new ones are always showing up.

Bailey County, Texas
photographed 7.9.2016

Pulpit View


If you want to know more about the Covenanters’ Church, Wikipedia can explain it.

I was the only one inside the place. And that pulpit, accessible via a steep and narrow staircase, was too tempting to resist. It just occurs to me that maybe steep and narrow staircases inside churches could be a metaphor. Those straight-laced founders of the place, who segregated men and women during the services, probably didn’t imagine a day when a woman could ascend to the pulpit. Even if she was just there to make a few photos.

Covenanters’ Church
Grand Pré, Nova Scotia
photographed 7.26.2015

Draperies + gravity


In my various wanderings, peering into abandoned buildings (or even going inside, briefly), I am always amazed by the kinds of things that get left behind when the school closes down, the business can’t make it, the homeowners leave.

This school has been abandoned since 1975, and the drapes are still there.

But, like everything else, those left-behind curtains are giving in to gravity.

You know who will win.

Bula School (abandoned)
Bailey County, Texas
photographed 2.16.2014

The hearthside chair


The door was open. Literally, I mean. The heavy metal door was unlocked, so I pulled it open. Behind it, a screen door like the kind on a 1950s house. I pushed it open, using my elbow, and stepped inside. Not far, though, as the floor was covered with debris and I am not quite current on my tetanus shot.

But across the room, I saw this chair and heater, looking quite happy together.

Bula School (abandoned)
Bailey County, Texas
photographed 2.16.2014

Recline. Decline.


Out in Bailey County, on the corner where Farm Road 54 makes a hard left to the north, the old Bula School molders away. The oldest building has collapsed to the point where on the front facade remains; there are a couple of other buildings that aren’t quite that far gone but it’s easy to see where they are heading.

inside the remains of the Bula School
Bailey County, Texas
photographed 2.4.2011

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