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Half Dead

Most days I take the back way to work, which means about a 20-mile drive on a two-lane farm road. I look at this tree every day, and have been a little sad this summer to see that most of the tree’s branches are dead.

The other morning, I pulled the car out of the garage, noticed interesting clouds in the west (the way I’d shortly be heading), and went back inside for the camera. And this is what I saw when I got to the tree.

Mallard Road and FM 1485
Hockley County, Texas
photographed 8.10.2018

Ethanol, fourth

Without any frame of reference, these dunes of millet could be dunes of anything. And located anywhere. It was oddly disorienting, because I was literally a few steps from the road.

But I liked the feeling.

(This is last of the ethanol plant photos. For now…)

Hockley County, Texas
photographed 3.19.2017

Ethanol, third

“It seems like there ought to be birds.”

“Oh, THERE they are.”

Hockley County, Texas
photographed 3.19.2017

Ethanol, second

It looks like a sand dune, doesn’t it? I guess it would correctly be called a millet dune, but that sounds sort of funny.

If you wanted, you could also call it “more or less 15% of the fuel in my tank, eventually.”

Hockley County, Texas
photographed 3.19.2017

A five-member herd


I drive this highway every day on my way to work. It’s not a very exciting trip, most of the time – just 30 miles or so of mostly straight 4-lane highway. Sure, it curves a couple of times, and the speed limit drops through the little town of Smyer.

A few months ago I started to notice the chairs outside the fence of a junkyard that’s along the way. Sometimes there are two or three, other times there are as many as five. Sometimes they face each other, sometimes the highway, and sometimes one or two of them are on their side. I always look when I go by; it gives me something to do.

Toward the end of last week, I noticed the chair census had grown from two all the way to five. So on Saturday morning, I took a drive out that way to make a portrait of the herd of chairs.

Highway 114
Hockley County, Texas
photographed 5.9.2015

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