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In a previous career, in an effort to crack the boy’s club at the office, my co-worker and I decided to take up golf. (The Boys in the Club were often missing on Friday afternoons, out playing golf together. It was loads and loads of bullshit.)

Of course, we didn’t break into the Club: she was transferred to another location a thousand miles away and I eventually ended up getting fired. (But don’t feel bad for either one of us, as we are both much better off now.) Also, of course, we didn’t turn into golfers.

There’s a golf course down the street from my house, and its future seems in doubt. It looks closed, and there’s rumors that a church bought the site.

Anyway, the other day the weather forecast was for a big winter storm and I decided that shooting the abandoned-looking driving range with the backdrop of bad weather would be a good idea. The day the storm was supposed to arrive, all we had were some clouds that were barely interesting. But then, overnight, snow! These two photos were made almost exactly 24 hours apart.

Stonegate Golf Course
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 12.7.2018 and 12.8.2018

Pacific Park, early morning

I participate in a photography group on Facebook where there are weekly themed posts, and I wouldn’t have probably even noticed this image stuck in my archive unless I’d been looking for something to post for the theme “Pier.” And now that I’ve seen this image again, I am not entirely sure why I never posted it to begin with: it evokes many things about that foggy, chilly morning of shooting for a weekend class I was taking. Like the chill. And the fog. And the way I felt very much alone (not necessarily in a good way) for much of the morning. And how, finally, I gave up and went inside for coffee, where I met up with a classmate and we had a chat that’s evolved into a fine friendship.

Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, California
photographed 2.19.2017

What’s happening here?

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE? Asking for a friend.

Abilene, Texas
photographed 4.13.2017

Park here. Or don’t.

Just go ahead and make your own decision about parking in this alley. You’re probably OK either way, according to the sign.

Colorado City, Texas
photographed 2.28.2018

Native grasses, on a windy day

Out here where I live, the wind blows a lot. Like, all the time nearly. That’s why I am not sure why I thought that I could get a nice, crisp photo of these fall grasses: the wind was blowing and I know better. But still, I tried. And rather liked the result.

Or, maybe I eventually talked myself into liking what I ended up with since I couldn’t get anything any better…

Lake Colorado City State Park
Colorado City, Texas
photographed 11.24.2018

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