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the framed view

This? Oh, I was just practicing doing a little internal framing with the car, the truck on the bridge, the flag, the car on the surface street.  You know, just the stuff one does on a Saturday.

Lubbock County, Texas
photographed 1.11.2020

They call it progress

This old burger joint is nearly gone, having found itself in the right-of-way for a thing called the Outer Loop. I guess we all knew the Outer Loop was inevitable, yet somehow we seemed surprised that it requires relocation and demolition and general upheaval.

Lubbock County, Texas
photographed 1.11.2020

 

Power Plant

Here’s another view of the snowy morning from last week, with steam rising off the power plant over there on the horizon.

Interesting things about the power plant:

  • It is the largest natural gas fired power plant in Texas.
  • The plant uses 3 million to 5 million gallons of recycled water (treated sewage effluent) from the City of Lubbock each day for cooling and other vital plant purposes. Use of the sewage effluent helps save fresh water for other uses. Also it is a zero discharge plant, which means no process waters leave the site. Cooling water from the plant is reused for irrigating grass and forage on nearby farmland.

And so ends Utility Education Day here at One Day | One Image. Thanks for being here.

Lubbock County, Texas
photographed 1.11.2020

Snow Morning

A little bit of overnight snow made Saturday morning look a lot different than the morning before. But by the middle of the day, the snow was gone.

Which reminds me, when we were in Minnesota last fall the main topic of conversation among the locals was Winter. (They capitalized it when they spoke the word. I could tell.) One man told us that a few winters ago there was “too much snow” to use a snowmobile. There’s almost nothing in that sentence that makes any kind of sense to me.

Sadly, this lovely bit of snow turned tragic: about the same time I was making this image, a driver lost control of her vehicle and ran into a group of first responders who were on the scene of earlier accidents. Two of the first responders were killed and the other one is still hospitalized. The first funeral is today; our whole city is in shock over what happened. That doesn’t have anything to do with this photo, but it’s been on my mind this week.

Lubbock County, Texas
photographed 1.11.2020

Spikes of various kinds

My part of Texas does not have what one could consider to be a “lush” landscape. It is rather spiky, in fact, to the point that the plant forms influence the local art.

Yellowhouse Canyon
Lubbock County, Texas
photographed 10.2.2016

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