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Circles + Squares

I went to Ralls, and I saw this. I’d seen it before, too.

Ralls, Texas
photographed 8.3.2018

Ralls, Texas
photographed 4.22.2010

Crop Circles

I won’t lie: I took a nap on the flight from Dallas to Lubbock the other. When I woke up, I saw this! It’s the town of Ralls, some wind turbines, and a lot of circles made by center-pivot irrigation systems. And people think there’s nothing to see on the Plains!

above Ralls, Texas
photographed 6.13.2017

Everything changes.

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The weather forecast said it would be in the low 70s, so it was only because I was lazy that I even had a coat with me – it had been left in my car from the previous bit of cold weather. I had some activities for work about an hour’s drive from Lubbock, and I took my camera (of course!), planning to take advantage of the promised nice weather. The work activities – a couple of ribbon-cuttings – were held outdoors and the weather got steadily colder as the day progressed. By the time I left, the temperature was in the high 40s.

When I stopped to take this picture, the thermometer on my car said it was 45 degrees. When I got to the next town, only nine miles away, it was 54 degrees. And when I got back to Lubbock, 30 miles from where I took the picture, it was, as promised, in the low 70s.

Everything changes. Even the weather.

Lately – as perhaps you’ve noticed – I’ve been in a musical mood. Here’s a Bruce Cockburn song:

Make me a bed of fond memories
Make me to lie down with a smile
Everything that rises afterward falls
But all that dies has first to live.

As longing becomes love
As night turns to day
Everything changes
Joy will find a way

Bruce Cockburn – Joy will Find a Way (A Song About Dying)

Ralls Cemetery
Ralls, Texas
photographed 1.31.2014

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Let’s just go ahead and add this to the short series of unhelpful signs that I had a while back – here and here.

Tilford Avenue
Ralls, Texas
photographed 4.22.2010

June 19

I was on my way to a meeting when I saw the DEER CORN sign beside the road. I continued on, as there wasn’t time to stop, but after the meeting, on my way home, I did the photographer’s classic two-U-turn maneuver to get the shot.

Ralls, Texas

photographed 6.11.2012

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