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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

the pole remembers what it used to be

I want to think that utility pole, planted behind the tree, spends its time remembering its own leafy glory days.

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

Municipal Government

Here are some trash receptacles. And the Mobeetie City Hall. There’s a sign taped to the door at City Hall, giving a short list of contact numbers. You can reach the Bill Umsted, the city manager, or Bobbie Walker, the mayor. But if you need to reach offices of the City of Mobeetie, you’ll get an answering machine. That’s what the sign says.

Mobeetie, Texas
photographed 12.27.2019

Church + Bell (with windows)

I’ve only been to Mobeetie a couple of times. The time before this was about thirty years ago when I went with my parents for some kind of an important church event (An anniversary of some sort? I can’t remember any more.) and this trip last month. Both visits were on cold days, with low clouds and mist and drizzle. I am having a hard time even imagining this town with sunshine and leaves on trees – it’s lodged in my mind as a gray place, and a summer trip there may not even make that image evaporate.

Mobeetie, Texas
photographed 12.27.2019

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