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Stock Tank and the Cathedral Mountains

I’m not tall enough to get the shot I wanted, so I made this one by holding the camera as high above my head as I could reach and shooting it blind.

Just over to my left, a very large steer stood in the shade, watching the procedures. And off in the distance, the Cathedral Mountains.

It’s hard to think of anyplace I rather be than right here.

near Marathon, Texas
photographed 7.14.2018

Swimming Hole

I’ve been trying for a while to get the photo of this wading pool that I can see in my mind. This one wasn’t it. And neither was this one.

This one, though? It’s closer, but still not quite what I was after.

But it’s OK, as it gives me a completely plausible reason to return to this little remote oasis.

near Marathon, Texas
photographed 7.13.2018

Dried Beef

What luck to find a dead cow beside the train tracks, with a passing train thrown in for good measure! Although I am somewhat more lucky than the cow.

along US 90, near Marathon, Texas
photographed 7.14.2018

Wading Pool (dry)

Several years ago, a friend of mine told me about this county park south of Marathon. It’s on my regular rotation of places to visit when I make my Far West Texas trips, and I’ve become fascinated (or, obsessed – it’s a fine line) by this wading pool. Last year it had water in it, and I didn’t have a wide enough lens to get the shot I wanted. This year, I had a wide lens, but there wasn’t water.

There’s always next year, when maybe the lens-and-water situation will work itself out…

near Marathon, Texas
photographed 11.3.2017



Well, now I’m confused.

I saw this at a football field that was adjacent to the school, which led me to (what I thought was) the obvious conclusion that Marathon’s school district had a football team.

But then, I looked at the school district’s website, which listed only cross country, basketball, track, and tennis. Maybe I need to change the title here to No-season?

I also found this: the state board of education counts minutes of instruction now, not days or hours, 75,600 of ’em per school year. Marathon ISD’s website’s calculation is that they are over that by 2,750 minutes. That’s good, right?

Marathon, Texas
photographed 7.24.2016

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